Don't stand for it!
A new 'rail to refuge' scheme offers free train travel to women fleeing domestic abuse. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the women's aid refuge website
Please complete our Housing Advice online form or telephone us on 01277 312500 if you, or a member of your family, are threatened with homelessness because of actual or threatened domestic abuse.
Whilst we recognise that victims of domestic abuse would prefer to remain in the current area that they reside in, it is highly recommended that you approach an area or authority that you have no known local connection to, to ensure your future safety for you and your family.
It may be suitable and safe for you to remain in your current home with the right physical and legal securities put in place. You can contact your current social landlord or your Local Authority to ask for a 'Sanctuary Scheme' to be installed allowing you to remain in your home.
Our Housing Advice staff have been trained to respond sympathetically and give advice on your housing options. When approaching the Council you have the right to request an interview by an Officer of the same sex, if you so wish.
We will need to make appropriate enquiries and obtain information from the Police, your G.P. or any other agency involved. It is a good idea to keep written records of what has happened, as this will support your case.
Whilst enquiries are being carried out, we will assist you with finding refuge accommodation which may be anywhere in the Country. No person at risk of violence in Brentwood will be placed in emergency or permanent accommodation in the Borough of Brentwood, unless a Police Officer of Inspector rank or higher provides written assurance. You would only be offered accommodation in an alternate area. Refuge accommodation will be sought in the first instance to ensure your safety and to ensure you receive the ongoing specialist support and guidance you will need during this difficult time. Many victims appreciate the support of a refuge. Womens Aid can help, and you can approach them directly if you wish.
You can approach any Council that you wish to help you with housing. If you have no local connection with the Council that you approach, then you may be referred to a Council where you do have a local connection, but it can't be to an area where you would be at risk.
If you have made the decision to leave an abusive relationship try to take the following with you:
- Proof of identity for yourself ie, Passport, driving licence, birth certificate
- Any supporting evidence, ie police incident reference numbers, support agencies, court documents or evidence such as threatening text messages/letters etc.
- Birth Certificates and proof of child benefit for your children
- Clothes for yourself and your children
- Medical cards
- National Insurance number
- Proof of residency (ie, where you have been living)
- Mortgage/tenancy details
- House keys
If you are in immediate danger, just leave or call the Police!