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Making your home safe from domestic violence

If you believe you are in immediate risk, contact the police by dialling 999.

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse your home may not feel like a safe place for you to live in anymore. But moving somewhere new might not be convenient for you, and you should not have to feel that you should have to turn your life upside down because someone else has been abusive towards you. 

The Sanctuary Scheme

The Sanctuary Scheme helps you to stay in your own home while remaining safe from abuse.

You can use the Sanctuary scheme to get help making your home safe. The scheme helps people who have experienced domestic abuse to increase their security at home. They can then remain at home as long as it is safe for them to do so.

Anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse or is in fear of abuse can use this scheme - it does not matter whether you are a council tenant, private tenant or own your own home.

The Sanctuary service will assess your property and coordinate a range of security works to secure the property against entry by the person committing the violence or any other person.

The Angelou Partnership

The Angelou Partnership supports applicants for The Sanctuary Scheme.

They can also offer support ranging from increasing safety and understanding the criminal justice system, to enhancing emotional wellbeing. The partnership can support you over the phone, face to face, or in a group format depending on the needs and preferences of those affected

Freephone on 0808 801 0660.
Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 6pm to 9pm
Call on 020 8741 7008. 
Lines open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am to 9pm
Email: or
Web: Angelou website

The Sanctuary Scheme in your borough

For more information about the Sanctuary Scheme in Kensington and Chelsea you can contact the Community Safety Team:

Tel: 020 7795 6660

The Sanctuary Scheme in Westminster have produced a leaflet about their service.
And you can download their referral form and refer to them direct.

Are you experiencing domestic abuse?

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, it is important to remember that it is not your fault, and that you do not have live through it in silence and on your own. You are entitled to live your life free from fear. Go to our page on Help for people experiencing domestic abuse for details on the many people and organisations whom you can turn to for help and advice.

Last updated: 19/07/2021