Sanctuary Scheme

The purpose of the Sanctuary Scheme is to enable victims of domestic abuse and their children to remain safely in their own homes, when the perpetrator of the abuse does not live at, or have any legal rights to occupy the family home.

This means that victims and their children do not have to disrupt family life by fleeing to another area. The Sanctuary Scheme is free to victims. It is available to both owner occupiers and tenants who have the right to make adjustments to their homes.

How does it work?

A crime reduction adviser will contact victims to arrange a convenient time to visit the home with a surveyor to assess what adaptations may be made to keep them safe. Surrey Fire Service may also attend to give advice on fire safety matters. It is anticipated that any Sanctuary Scheme works will be completed within one month of the referral. Government guidelines make it clear that a sanctuary scheme should only be provided if the person suffering violence chooses to have it and the police agree that it is a safe option.

How do I apply?

Please contact us if you would like to be referred to the Sanctuary Scheme.

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