Shelter and accommodation
Becoming a victim of crime can sometimes lead to homelessness, especially if the incident took place at home. Your safety and that of your children is the most important thing, particularly if you face violence in the home. If you are worried for your safety, it is vital that you seek advice. There are many organisations waiting to help whose whole aim is to safeguard and protect you and your children, focussing on those threatened by domestic abuse.
What is a refuge?
A refuge is a type of safe house which provides temporary accommodation for those escaping domestic violence; mostly women and their children. Different refuges cater for different needs. For instance, some are specifically for women from a particular ethnic background. The length of a stay in a refuge depends on the circumstances of the individual; it could be days or several months. If a more permanent home is required, the refuge can help to find one and you are entitled to stay there until a permanent solution is found.
How do I find a refuge for emergency accommodation?
The Police and Crime Commissioner funds places for emergency refuge in Bedfordshire. The following organisations are all very experienced at helping you, and your children too, if you need to escape violence at home.
Where can I get help?
1. Mary Seacole Housing
The Association provides value for money, quality supported accommodation to young single homeless people, enabling them to develop the skills needed to move from a state of dependence to independence.
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping police locate criminals and solve crimes through anonymous reporting. The site also provides crime prevention advice for a number of crimes.
Refuge offers a range of services including refuge, outreach and resettlement support to women and children who have experienced domestic violence, stalking, honour-based violence, trafficking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.