The Sanctuary Project
Helping to make it possible for victims of domestic abuse to remain in their own home and feel safe.
Many victims of domestic violence are reluctant to move home and away from the area where they have networks of support. To move often means that their children have to change schools and leave their friends.
The Sanctuary Project is a Basildon District Community Safety Partnership initiative led by Basildon's Domestic Abuse Panel. It aims to make it possible for victims to remain in their own home and feel safe.
The scheme adapts the home of the victim to accommodate physical security measures that help the family to feel safe.
The project offers two schemes: Sanctuary and Sanctuary 'Plus' - or a combination of both.
The Sanctuary scheme
The Sanctuary scheme will provide additional external security measures, such as locks on windows, additional locks on external doors or replacement external doors.
The Sanctuary 'Plus' scheme
The Sanctuary 'Plus' scheme involves the creation of a 'safe' room within a person's home.
The internal door of this room is replaced with a solid core door which is reversed to open outwards, so that the door jamb acts as an additional barrier. Two locks are fitted to the top and bottom of the door as well as steel hinges and hinge bolts. A 180º door viewer enables the occupants to see who is outside the room. Fire precaution equipment is also provided. This 'safe' room will provide sanctuary for victims while they call or wait for the police to arrive.
Domestic Abuse Careline Alarm
Both Sanctuary schemes can also be used in conjunction with a Domestic Violence Careline Alarm.
Who is eligible for the Sanctuary project?
Anyone who is at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence.
You may not be eligible if the perpetrator of domestic violence is living in your property, or has a legal right to live in your property. If this is the case we strongly advise you to contact the Council's Housing Advice and Assessment Service on 01268 294342 for further advice.
Referrals to the Sanctuary project
If you are interested in the Sanctuary project, you need to contact one of the following:-
- Basildon Women's Aid, Parklands Centre II
- Basildon Police Domestic Violence Unit - 01268 224092
- Parklands Drop-In Centre
- Basildon Council Housing Assessment and Housing Advice team, see contact details below.
You will be invited to an interview to discuss whether the Sanctuary Project is a suitable option for you. If the scheme is suitable for you, a referral form will be completed.
The Police Crime Reduction Officer will make an appointment with you to arrange access to your property to see if the fabric of the building is suitable for the security measures to be installed.
A referral will also be made to Basildon Women's Aid Outreach Support Service, if appropriate, to provide you and/or your family support during this process.