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					Making Darlington Safer

  Developing a Sanctuary
  Scheme for Victims of
Domestic Abuse in Darlington
                What is Domestic Abuse?

• Domestic Abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, or
  abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional )
  between adults who are or have been intimate partners or
  family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The
  Home Office acknowledges that Domestic Abuse includes
  culturally specific forms of harm which impact on BME
  women and which may among others include forced
  marriage, dowry related abuse, female genital mutilation and
  honour based Domestic Abuse.
• Domestic Abuse includes any form of physical, sexual or
  emotional abuse, threats or intimidation between people in a
  close relationship

• It is often accompanied by degradation, humiliation,
  deprivation, systematic criticism and belittling

• It is not limited to any class or group

• It is a common misconception that domestic Abuse only
  affects the adults.
• A crime which results in the murder of 2
     women each week

• Mostly perpetrated by men against women (90%)

• A major issue for the children involved
               Impact of Domestic Abuse:

• Domestic Abuse costs each household £90 per year to
  provide assistance, support and advice for DV victims

•   Nationally this figure amounts to £23 billion per year

•    Domestic Abuse is one of the leading causes of
    homelessness in the UK

•    Domestic Abuse is the leading cause of death in women aged
    19-44 it is greater than cancer, war, or motor vehicle

•   It accounts for 25% of all violent crime
    The links between homelessness and Domestic

• Escaping Domestic Abuse will involve leaving the family home

•    In these circumstances a woman and her children are double

•    For women living in poverty or who are financially
    dependent on an abuser, a decision to leave home is likely to
    be more difficult because of the fear of not being able to
    find an alternative for themselves and their children
      Why does Domestic Abuse lead to repeat

• Domestic Abuse has the highest rate of repeat victimisation
  of any crime

•    A perpetrator may pursue the woman and her family,
    forcing them to move repeatedly

•    Over 40% of women who reported having been a victim of
    Domestic Abuse were not living with their abuser at the time
    of the assault
• The experience of being placed in temporary accommodation
  - bed and breakfast, or a hostel, a long way from the family
  home, requiring the children to change schools and move
  away from their friends, important stabilising influences for
  the children, may seem too traumatic

•   Children may become unsettled in a new environment and
    women may feel vulnerable and exposed. In such cases, it
    may seem a better option to return home
          What does this mean for services?

• At a local level, a range of initiatives and partnerships are
  well established through crime and disorder strategies, and
  Darlington Domestic Abuse Forum

•    On 1 April 2005, the government introduced a substansially
    revised Domestic Abuse Best Value performance indicator
•    The purpose of the best value performance indicator 225 is
    to assess the overall provision and effectiveness of the local
    authoruty services designed to help victims of Domestic
    Abuse, and prevent repeat instances of abuse

•    One of the 11 key questions in the best value perpormance
    indicator 225 asks whether a local authority has developed
    a Sanctuary Scheme for victims of Domestic Abuse
            What is a Sanctuary Scheme?

• The Sanctuary Scheme is a victim centered inintiative
  approach to preventing homelessness
• The main feature of the scheme is the creation of a
  “Sanctuary Room”, providing a safe room or sanctuary from
  where victims can call and wait for the arrival of the police
• Additional Security can also be provided, ie locks on windows
  and doors, gated security to the outside of a property, fire
  hammers, fire blankets and emergency lighting
 Important components of the Sanctuary Scheme

• The scheme is available across all tenures
• It should only be provided where it is the clear choice of
  the victim and where it is safe and appropriate for them to
  remain in their own accommodation
• It should be clearly presented as only one of the range of
  options open to those at risk of homelessness due to
  Domestic Abuse
• It should be implimented in partnership with the Police, Fire
  Services, and a Specialist Domestic Abuse Service, with
  support provided through the process
• As well as installing new or extra locks and
  lighting, a ‘secure sanctuary’ is provided by
  creating a safe room with reinforced doors and

• Arrangements are tailored to meet the needs and
  circumstances of the individuals involved

• The scheme must be fully intergrated with local
  risk assesment processes

• This is where a door to a main room, generally the main
  bedroom, is replaced with a solid core, reversed to open
  outwards and the frame reinforced. Two europrofile locks
  are fitted to the top and bottom of the door, operated with
  the same key with thumb turns on the inside, three large
  steel hinges, hinge bolts and a memo door viewer
• This provides a safe room or ‘Sanctuary’ from where victims
  can call and wait the arrival of the Police. Window locks,
  front and back door locks and fire safety equipment are also
                 Sanctuary Plus;

• This would normally have all of the above elements plus
  additional security features, ie, in extreme cases grilles,
  extra ‘sanctuary’ doors to the front and rear of the
  property, ‘London’ and ‘Birmingham’ bars

• Victims are provided with fire safety equpment, which
  includes intumescent (expanding) fire seals rebated into the
  sanctuary doors, smoke detectors, break glass hammers,
  emergency lights and fire blankets
    Developing a Sanctuary Scheme in Darlington

• Key Partners

•   County Durham and Darlington Constabulary
•   County Durham and Darlington Fire Service
•   DBC Community Services, Housing Division
•   DBC Community Services, Community Safety Partnership
•   DBC Children’s Services, Domestic Abuse Service
•   Darlington Refuge
    Developing a Sanctuary Scheme in Darlington

• All Registered Social Other Participants

•   Landlords with property in Darlington
•   Landlord Accreditation Scheme
•   Darlington Private Landlords Association
•   Other relevant voluntary sector organizations via CVS
•   Housing Associations
•   Landlords Association
                   Aim of the scheme:

• To provide target hardening and refuge facilities for victims
  of Domestic Abuse who wish to remain in their own homes
  when there is the prospect of intrusion and potential
  violence by the perpetrator or by someone acting on his/her
              A successful scheme would:

• Ensure increased the safety for the victim and any children
  in the affected household
• Empower families to choose to maintain their links in their
  existing community
• Demonstrate further commitment to tackle Domestic Abuse
  as a serious criminal activity
• Adopt a proactive multi-agency approach in preventing and
  reducing Domestic Abuse
• Reduce homelessness and the disruption of family life
• Reduce disruption in schooling and other education
            Description of the scheme:

• The scheme will be advertised publicly and
  through all the relevant statutory and voluntary
  organizations in Darlington

• Anyone would be able to request to be referred to
  the scheme by any of the participating
  organizations or by any other agency working with
  or on behalf of victims of Domestic

• Abuse Enquiries and referrals should in the first
  instance be made to the Domestic Abuse Service
• All referrals would be assessed via an agreed risk
  assessment process that would take place immediately.
  Cases would be controlled via the MARAC system, which in
  turn will link in directly to Public Protection Meetings

• Any Domestic Abuse victim meeting the criteria for the
  fitting of a Police Tunstall Alarm would be offered
  assistance under the scheme if they chose to remain in the
  family home
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