Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) has secured a tender to deliver domestic abuse support services in Torbay for the next two years.
Commissioned by Torbay Council, SSL’s Integrated Domestic Abuse Service will provide accommodation and outreach support, as well as support for high risk clients, in a contract worth £283,000, starting from September.
Under the terms of the contract, SSL will provide accommodation, both through an existing Torbay refuge and a maximum of five new safe houses across the borough, outreach support and two independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs) for clients most in need of help.
Three additional one-year programmes will also be established under the contract. These comprise of: a survivors’ group; a 24-hour telephone helpline and a programme to assist perpetrators move away from offending.
SSL managing director Chris Munday said: “We have extensive experience of providing domestic abuse support through our well-established Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services.
“I am pleased that Sanctuary Supported Living has been given the opportunity to provide these services further afield where we’ll be helping those escaping domestic violence and also working with perpetrators to reduce the rate of reoffending.”
Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Councillor Robert Excell, said: “We look forward to working with Sanctuary Supported Living – this contract follows a consultation with service users and a robust tendering process.
“The specialist support and accommodation for vulnerable people in Torbay will provide greater value for money for the Local Authority. It will ensure that people fleeing domestic abuse will receive consistent advice prior to placement, however complex their situation.”
More information about domestic abuse is available on the Safer Communities Torbay website: www.safercommunitiestorbay.org.uk/domesticabuse or by contacting Women’s Aid on its national 24-hour Freephone helpline: 0808 2000 247.
Anyone who feels they are in immediate danger should always dial 999.