Homeless - domestic abuse

In an emergency, always call 999

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If you feel you are in immediate danger dial 999 to speak to the police straight away or for non-emergencies dial 111.

Domestic abuse is not limited to physical violence or confined to instances within the home. Domestic abuse is any incident or a pattern of incidents of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (which includes physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional abuse).

Abuse is ‘domestic’ in nature if it is between persons who have been intimate partners, family members or members of the same household. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, economic background or sexual orientation.

If you wish to remain in your own home/extra support

Sanctuary schemes can prevent homelessness by enabling victims to remain safely in their home where it is their choice, and it is safe to do so. The scheme can provide enhanced security measures in the home which delay or prevent a perpetrator from gaining entry into and within a property and allow time for the police to arrive. The Sanctuary Scheme can provide security even if you have moved from where the abuse occurred.

To access the Sanctuary Scheme, you will need to apply for Housing Assistance.

Apply for Housing Assistance

24 hour national domestic violence freephone helpline 0808 2000 247