We know that when you are living in an abusive household, the focus is on staying safe and it is not always easy to think about your options or to make decisions. Safe Havens provides safe accommodation with a host family for one or two nights to up to 2 months to give you the time and space to consider your options.
You will be matched with a host family and supported by a specialist domestic abuse practitioner during your stay. They will talk you through your options and provide emotional and practical support around issues such as housing, welfare benefits and employment or training.
Save Havens is one of the first schemes of its kind. If our values resonate with you, and you have a spare room in your home, you can apply to be a Safe Havens host and provide temporary accommodation to someone fleeing domestic abuse.
Becoming a Safe Havens host can be incredibly rewarding, and you will receive training and support every step of the way. As a host you will offer a room in your house to an individual or family fleeing abuse who need some time and space to consider their options. Every match will be planned, and we try our best to match suitable people who will stay with you from a day or two up to two months.
Your guest will receive support from one of our domestic abuse practitioners, so you will not be expected to provide any emotional or practical support. The Project Officer will assist you to develop an agreement, so that both parties understand the expectations and limitations of the relationship.
If you decide to go home, we can continue to support you through our community services if you live in our area. If you live elsewhere, we can help you access services there. You can refer yourself again at any time if you need to flee from your home.
You can register your interest by contacting IDAS. We will ask you to complete an application form. Alternatively, you can contact us for an informal chat before you complete the form.
IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.