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Wanting to end an abusive relationship does not always mean you have to move out of your home. There are support services in Preston that can help you every step of the way to a safer future. You may wish to find a safe place to stay temporarily and return home later with security measures in place. You may wish to remain in your home and seek legal assistance to keep an abusive partner away. You may not feel ready to end an abusive relationship but want support and advice to plan to do this in the future. For whatever help you need, we can make referrals to Preston Domestic Violence Service who offer a range of services to victims of domestic violence. These include the following;
The help line is staffed 24 hours per day and offers non judgemental support and advice. The help line number is 01772 201601.
The refuge is accessible 24 hours per day, every day of the year. Referrals are made via the help line. Women can refer themselves, we can make referrals and other agencies such as the police, social services and health agencies make referrals.
The Sanctuary Scheme is designed to enable women to stay safely in their home by adding extra security measures. These may include a safe room (known as a "sanctuary") where a door to a room is replaced with a solid core door to keep you safe until the police arrive. It can also include window locks, security lights etc. The Sanctuary Scheme also provides emotional support and support with safety planning.
Anyone who may be made homeless due to domestic violence is eligible for the service. Initially the scheme is limited to housing association tenants, although each referral will be looked at on an individual basis.
This is a floating support and resettlement service for people who are affected by domestic violence.
The HOPE Centre which is based in the St John's shopping centre is a safe environment for women who are experiencing (or have experienced) domestic violence/abuse. The full range of domestic violence services and various activities can be accessed here.
The HOPE Centre is open Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm.
This is an independent, professional and confidential service that advocates on a woman's behalf. Help is given to explore legal options and support through the court system.
Preston has two specially trained Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) each of whom provide confidential advice and support to people who have been raped or sexually abused.
We can help you apply for accommodation with housing associations or search for private rented accommodation. We can make referrals to emergency refuge accommodation in Preston, the north west or even further afield if you wish. We can also make referrals to supported accommodation if this is appropriate. You can contact us for advice at any stage in your decision to end a violent relationship.
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