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COUNCILS STARTING TO OFFER 'PANIC ROOMS' (Refuge / Emergency Accommodation)

by administrator @, Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 16:25

Victims of abuse, assault and hate crime are being offered protection such as special sanctuary rooms in their own homes to escape from their attackers.

Councils across the country are looking into ways of helping sufferers of domestic abuse, which on average, leads to two deaths per week. Safeguarding both adults and children is just one of the many topics debated at this week's national adults and children conference in Harrogate.

Cllr David Rogers, Chair of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "Victims of abuse often feel that they have to leave their home to escape their attacker, but why should innocent victims do so? Councils are committed to delivering the care and support needed by victims, with tackling domestic violence being one of their top priorities.

"Some women, men and children are finding themselves having to leave everything and everyone behind them at a time when they most need familiarity and support from family and friends. The upheaval can cause all kinds of problems, not least to some children who find themselves having to move from school to school.

"Whilst the sanctuary scheme is not appropriate for everyone and not every house is suitable to have a sanctuary room built, in extreme cases, it offers the victim somewhere to go in an emergency and seek help".

The rooms have solid core doors, reversed to open outwards with two mortice bolts fitted to the inside of the door along with three large steel hinges and a 180 degree door viewer. An emergency telephone is also provided under the scheme - 999 only - and will be wall mounted.

Sanctuary rooms will only be built in homes where the abuser is no longer residing there. Whatever the case, councils and their partners provide ongoing risk assessmentswith safety remaining a priority throughout.

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