WEST LINDSEY DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICE
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West Lindsey Refuge
West Lindsey Refuge provides temporary accommodation for women, with or without children, who are experiencing domestic abuse. Domestic abuse often prevents women and children from living safely in their own home, therefore we offer accommodation which is a safe environment where a women and her children, if she has them, can stay for as long as they need to away from oppression and danger. Our refuge enables women and children to feel secure and free from further abuse.
Intensive emotional and practical support is offered on a daily basis to women in our refuge. Women in our refuge are helped to claim benefits, access permanent housing and utilise other relevant services for themselves and their children.
West Lindsey Refuge offers a breathing space where future decisions can be made free from pressure and fear. It becomes home for women and children while they are staying with us, and it is a place where they can rediscover their self-esteem and independence.
West Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service’s staff members provide a listening ear to women and can provide information on benefits, legal rights, housing, practical help and emotional support for the women. There are also specialist Child Support Workers to help and support the children throughout their stay at refuge. This support for women and children continues after residing in our refuge, if the woman decides to resettle in the West Lindsey area.
Refuge can also provide an opportunity for a woman to meet other women who have been exposed to a similar situation, and have also left their home environment in order to remain safe.
If a person, either male or female in the West Lindsey Area wishes to access refuge accommodation due to them not feeling safe in their current property, we can access other refuges throughout the country in order to maintain their safety.
What is a "refuge" ?
"Refuge" is safe accommodation where women and men who are experiencing domestic abuse can live free from abuse. If you have children, you can take them with you. Most refuge addresses are confidential. There are over 250 refuges in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland available for women- you can choose to travel as far away from, or stay as near to your home town as you wish. Refuge accommodation for men is not as widely available, however there are refuges in the UK for Men. Some refuges have space for larger families and some are smaller. Refuges can either be multi-occupancy, or self contained.
Some of the accommodation is specifically for women from particular ethnic or cultural backgrounds - for example Black, Asian or South American women. This enables the refuge to be tailored around particular a womens’ religious and cultural needs. Specialist refuges like this are not yet available for men experiencing domestic abuse.
Some refuges have disabled access and have workers who can assist women and children who have special needs and disabilities.
Our refuges consist of self-contained family units and accommodation is usually single family occupancy, however small families or single women may be asked to share facilities such as cooking areas and living areas.
Who can go into a refuge?
How do I arrange refuge accommodation?
What can I take with me to the refuge accommodation?
Not all individuals will need all of these items, and there may be some items that you would need to take that have not been included in this list, but this is a general guide. Usually, refuge’s can provide women, men and children fleeing domestic abuse with small food packages and other practical items in order to make their arrival as convenient as possible.
What can't I take with me to the temporary accommodation?
What about confidentiality in the temporary accommodation?
However, this would not be done without discussing it first with you wherever possible.
An essential rule is that no men are allowed to know the temporary accommodation address or non-public telephone number, and are NEVER allowed in our accommodation. This includes not only partners, but relatives, friends and new partners. This is essential for the safety of everyone and women in refuge will be asked to leave if this rule is broken.
The most important thing to consider about our refuge is that it is designed to keep women and children experiencing domestic abuse, safe. We strive to provide the best quality service, to enable you to feel safe and be free from abuse.
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