The Sanctuary scheme aims to make it possible for victims to remain in their homes and feel safe and provides an alternative to relocation away from family and friends, vital support networks and key services. This is done through the installation of enhanced security measures in a victim’s property.
In order to qualify for this scheme, you must meet the following criteria:
- resident within the boundary of Eastbourne Borough Council or Lewes District Council and the victim of domestic abuse, physical violence or hate crime
- woman or man with or without children
- own or rent your home; however, where the victim is renting a property, the landlord’s written consent for the work to be carried out is needed
- where the perpetrator of the violence does not live in the home
- clients where the council is satisfied that the victim is threatened with homelessness due to domestic violence or hate crime
- clients wishing to remain in their home who understand the implications of doing so and do not allow the perpetrator back into the property
A referral can be made by a statutory or voluntary agency, the victim or a friend or family member on their behalf. All referrals will go to our Homes First team to check that the client is eligible for the scheme.
To make a referral to the Sanctuary Housing Scheme in Lewes or Eastbourne, please complete the Sanctuary Referral Form below.