Helping victims of domestic abuse
About the scheme
If you are suffering from domestic abuse but want to stay in your own home the Sanctuary Scheme can make it possible for you to remain there. The scheme makes your home safer by installing the security measures you think will help you to feel safe. It is a free scheme that is tailored to your needs and personal circumstances.
Examples of some security measures that can be offered are; new door locks; security lights; window locks; window film; a door viewer and a smoke alarm. Your door can also be changed to open outwards to prevent it being forced in.
Benefits of the scheme
- You would not have to move house
- Your children would not have to move to another school
- You would not need to move away from your family and friends
Who is this scheme for?
To be considered for the scheme you must live in Gateshead and must not live with the person who is abusing you. You can apply to the scheme if you own your home or if you rent a property from a private landlord or a housing association. We do not offer the scheme to Gateshead Housing Company tenants.
If you own your home jointly with the perpetrator, you will need to seek legal advice. No work can be carried out on a property where the perpetrator has a legal right to occupy.
What if I am a Gateshead Housing Company tenant?
If you are a Gateshead Housing Company tenant you can contact your local housing office or the neighbourhood relations team on 0191 433 5327. They will discuss with you the additional security measures that are available to their tenants who are at risk of domestic abuse.
Applying for the scheme
To apply for the scheme or for further information around issues of domestic abuse you can contact any of the following agencies:
- Housing Options Team - 0191 433 2665 or 0191 433 2636
- Community Safety Team - 0191 433 3000
- Safer Families - 0191 433 2705
- Gateshead and South Tyneside Victim Support - 0191 477 8395
- Stonham Gateshead Women’s Service - 0191 477 9309
Who will come to see you?
Once an application has been received from one of the agencies you will be contacted by someone from Safe Partnership. Safe Partnership is the national charity that will complete the works on your property. They will arrange an appointment to see you within 24 hours to assess your needs and inspect the property. They will also contact your landlord to obtain their consent for the agreed works to begin. Once this is received a Safe Partnership security installer will fit the security measures. All installers have undergone an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.