Having to flee the family home as a result of domestic violence and move into temporary accommodation can be a distressing and unsettling experience for women and children. Furthermore, victims can feel a sense of injustice at having to move (effectively making themselves homeless) in order to escape the violent and abusive behaviour of a partner. Consequently, any policy measures or initiatives that enable victims to remain in their own homes, while at the same time prioritising their safety, need to be given serious consideration. In 2003, the ‘Sanctuary’ model, which is an example of such a scheme, was introduced in England (Netto et al., 2009; Jones et al., 2010).
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- A safe space? Creating opportunities for domestic violence victims to remain in the family home
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