Sanctuary Scheme Launched

Moves to protect victims of domestic abuse

Anyone affected by domestic abuse can now join Somerset County Council’s Sanctuary Scheme to help make their home safer.

The Sanctuary Scheme aims to enable households at risk of violence to remain safely in their own homes by installing a ‘Sanctuary’ in the home and providing support.

The Somerset Sanctuary Scheme allows those affected by domestic abuse and violence to remain in their home by improving security to help them to feel safe

To create a Home Sanctuary a security installer will visit the property to complete an assessment which will determine what equipment is needed to make your property safe.

Safety equipment that could be installed includes improved locks and window latches, door chains and other security items, including strengthened door frames, personal security alarms, interior lighting timers and property marking kits. In most cases, this will be installed on the same day. On the rare occasion that installation cannot happen on the same day, you will be informed straight away. All installers are specially trained in crime prevention and will be sensitive to the situation in the client’s home.

There is also the option to use Zecure, a mobile phone app that can capture live video and audio feeds and notify an emergency contact and a monitoring centre if you do not feel safe or are in danger.

To access the scheme, call Please contact the Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (SIDAS) at 0800 6949 999 or email

Alternatively, you can find out what support is available on our Domestic Abuse page on our website at Homes in Sedgemoor, or you can contact the Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service on 0800 69 49 999 for more information.