The chronic shortage of affordable housing in Devon, in addition to the closure of refuges for families fleeing domestic abuse has led to a critical situation for those seeking accommodation during a crisis.

Currently, SAFE has employed a Project Lead to conduct a feasibility study and needs analysis for the ‘SAFE Haven’ project.

SAFE Haven is a proposed model to address the accommodation shortage for women / families fleeing their homes due to abuse. The idea being that those fleeing their homes will be accommodated, temporarily, in a volunteer host’s family home. The hosts would provide: a safe and friendly place to stay; a hot meal; the opportunity to launder any clothes and to have a bath or shower

The volunteer hosts will undergo DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and receive training before they accommodate anyone.

We are conducting focus groups to determine the feasibility of this model as an accommodation option. These groups will provide the opportunity to explore some of the possible issues, which this type of accommodation option might raise for people fleeing domestic abuse.

By participating in a focus group you will be agreeing that the information you provide can be used to feed into and form some of the evidence regarding the feasibility of this as an accommodation option.

If you would like to contribute to a focus group or know someone who might like to do so, please see locations and dates listed on the flyers below.

You can contact Janet Adkins, Project Lead for SAFE Haven at email: [email protected] with your contact details and the date and location you would like to attend. 








Contact Janet via the email above to book directly

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