Sanctuary Scheme Manual 333 450

The primary aim of the Sanctuary Scheme is to protect victims of domestic abuse in their own homes. A Sanctuary safe room is only installed in a home where the perpetrator no longer resides. A safe room is installed along with a range of other security features aimed at delaying unlawful entry and allowing time for the emergency services to arrive.

The Sanctuary Scheme was developed by a former Metropolitan Police Officer who is now a Technical Advisor with PCPI.

Since its creation in 1998, the scheme has successfully helped thousands of victims of domestic abuse remain safely in their homes and maintain their social roots. It has also resulted in huge savings for police forces, healthcare services and local authorities, with less serious assaults to investigate, less families to re-house and less children to re-school.

For further information, please contact your local Police Designing Out Crime Officer.