We have received a £6000 grant, to ensure the safety of those who have been affected by domestic abuse.

The money will go to our Sanctuary Scheme which provides home security measures to domestic abuse victims, such as lock changes, panic alarms and temporary mobile phones.

The grant has been awarded by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund, which uses funds recovered by the Proceeds of Crime Act to improve the safety and security of the local community.

In the last 6 months of running the Sanctuary Scheme, we have supported approximately 150 households, spending approximately £10,000 installing and monitoring panic alarms, organising lock changes and providing mobile phones for the most vulnerable people in the local community.

Following the Covid-19 crisis referral rate for services, including the Sanctuary Scheme, have increased exponentially. Since the lockdown measures were put into place in March, we have seen approximately 200 more referrals to our services per month than at the same time the previous year.

We anticipate a 25% increase in demand for the Sanctuary Scheme, requiring the additional funding to ensure they meet demand.

Shabana Hussain, Head of Services at Staying Put said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for awarding us £6000 to go towards our Santuary Scheme, an invaluable service we provide which enables survivors of domestic abuse to feel safer in their own home.

“Staying Put’s name comes from the ethos that survivors of domestic abuse shouldn’t feel as though they are the ones who need to flee, and this money will go towards ensuring that reality for many more of our service users.”

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