Domestic abuse is controlling behaviour and includes all kinds of physical, sexual and emotional abuse within all kinds of intimate and family relationships.
It happens to 1 in 4 women during their lifetime but most of it is not reported to anyone so it can go on for 7 years or 35 beatings before it is reported. Men also can suffer from domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can undermine your confidence and make you feel unable to act. Please don’t wait until it is too late. Housing Options can help to keep you safe, advise you of your options and put you in touch with people who can help and support you.
Where you can get help
Domestic abuse self risk assessment
These questions, answered either "No", "Sometimes" or "Yes", are to help try and give you some idea of the level of risk you may be in if you are suffering domestic abuse.
You will not have to share your responses with anyone unless you choose to. The more ‘Yes’ responses you have the more at risk you are.
The questions might lead you to think closely about your relationships and the situation you are in. You may find this difficult but remember there are organisations that are there to help and support you.
Many people who experience domestic abuse have to leave their own homes to escape from the violence and abuse they have suffered. Sometimes people have to do this several times which means that their lives and their children’s lives are severely disrupted.
What is a Sanctuary Scheme?
The Sanctuary Scheme provides:
The Sanctuary Scheme is available for anyone living in Sandwell, who is or could become homeless because of domestic violence. It is available to council and housing association tenants, or people who rent from private landlord or own their own property.
What can the Sanctuary Scheme provide?
The Sanctuary Scheme is tailored to the needs and circumstances of the individual. It offers a range of additional security measures to your home and support from a range of agencies that will help you, if you are suffering domestic abuse, to remain in your home and feel safe, and prevent you from becoming homeless.
Support for you and your family
As well as giving you the physical safety in your home, the Sanctuary Scheme will provide each family with a named person whose role it is to offer support and deal with any issues that may occur in relation to the setting up of the scheme within your home. The installation of a Sanctuary does not guarantee complete safety to you or your household.
Referrals to the Sanctuary Scheme
You and your family will be offered support to help you adjust to the security measures in your home. This support will be ongoing if necessary. You will be asked to complete a form so we can ensure that the service you were provided was to your satisfaction.
Other support available