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Moat provides sanctuary in West Kent


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Moat has launched a pilot Sanctuary Scheme in West Kent. The scheme, which allows victims of domestic violence to remain safely in their own homes, is available in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Malling and Sevenoaks. Depending on the success of this pilot, Moat plans to extend the scheme across its areas of operation in the South East.

Each Sanctuary Scheme is created based on a victim-centred approach, and tailored to best suit the needs of the individual. Additional security measures are installed in the victim’s home, to better protect those involved and alleviate the fear of further abuse. The measures could include:

• Extra door and window locks
• Anti-arson letter boxes
• Spyholes
• A solid core door to the main bedroom, creating a ‘safe-room’
• Security lighting
• Extra fire safety equipment.

Elizabeth Austerberry, Chief Executive at Moat says: “Domestic violence can take many forms and as a social business, Moat is keen to protect our residents when it occurs. This pilot will help some of our most vulnerable residents by making their homes more secure so that they can remain close to their family, friends and support network as they rebuild their lives.

As well as the Sanctuary Scheme, we support victims of domestic violence through expert referrals, access to dedicated refuges, and advice about residents’ rights.”

If you feel that you’re in danger, or if someone you live with has either threatened or been violent towards you, then call 101 to report it as a non-urgent crime. If you need help in an emergency, call 999.

Any Moat resident suffering domestic abuse can discuss the options available in terms of their home, by calling 0300 323 0011 to speak to a member of our team. We’ll arrange a meeting within one working day of receiving the report, and will do all we can to help you.

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