Target Hardening

Target Hardening Schemes within Lincolnshire

Professionals Factsheet

This factsheet provides professionals with brief details about each of the schemes within Lincolnshire and how to make a referral.

Target Hardening, also known as Sanctuary Schemes is usually one of a range of options available to victims of domestic abuse. Prior to considering target hardening, a DASH risk assessment should be completed and the case managed in accordance with Lincolnshire Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Protocol – Resource pack for Practitioners.

Other options offered could include:

  • Legal measures such as injunctions
  • Reporting the abuse to the Police
  • Obtaining specialist floating support
  • Moving to a refuge
  • Applying for social housing
  • Transferring to other social housing
  • Moving to private rented accommodation
  • Making a homelessness application

Target Hardening is designed to provide victims of domestic abuse with home security measures as well as safety planning advice which in many cases gives them the confidence to remain in their own home rather than having to move. Moving home can result in the loss of support networks, employment and having to move children to a new school.  However target hardening only increases the level of security whilst within the home and if risks away from the home are high, other housing options will need to be considered.

If the victim is not at risk or the risks to them are considered too high, assistance might be declined and other options offered as above.

In practice, most schemes are similar but the service offered does vary depending upon the level of risk (standard, medium or high), who manages the scheme and whether they are a stock holding local authority. If the victim lives in social housing, either the local authority or housing association will often assist with the works.

Most scheme providers will take advice from Lincolnshire Police Crime Reduction Officers in order to establish the level of risk and receive advice on how the risks within the home can be reduced. IDVA’s will often be involved and contacted to gain their opinion on the level of risk and to help the victim with safety planning. This information will then be used by the scheme provider to help decide what equipment and works if any will be provided to the victim.  Each scheme varies and some providers will not be able to provide the recommended security measures due to budget constraints. Where this happens, other housing options will be discussed with the victim.

Security measures can include the provision of equipment as well as some works to the property. The following is a guide to what equipment and works might be available.

  • Change of window and door locks
  • Window and door alarms
  • Door jammers/chains
  • Personal Alarms
  • CCTV
  • Security lighting with P.I.R.
  • Fire safety equipment including extinguishers/fire blankets/fireproof letter boxes
  • External Letterboxes
  • 24 hr timer switches
  • Alarms linked to emergency services

If the victim is at immediate risk of harm, they should consider finding somewhere safe to stay whilst waiting for the home to be made more secure. They can contact the relevant Council’s Housing Team for advice about whether they are entitled to temporary accommodation.

Boston Borough

The Boston ‘Sanctuary Scheme’ is managed by volunteers and funded through donations and fundraising activity.

The scheme is open to all residents and can be accessed via self-referral, MARAC, Court referral and professional referral.

Lincolnshire Police's Crime Reduction Officer will visit the victim’s home and complete a survey advising what security measures are required.    The recommended equipment will then be delivered and any approved works completed by a contractor free of charge.

For further details or to make a referral, please contact:

Sue Sendell
Tel. 01205 318539
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or

Peter Hunn
Tel. 01205 314245
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East Lindsey

The East Lindsey ‘Safe at Home Scheme’ is managed by the district council in partnership with the districts IDVA.

The scheme is open to all victims of domestic abuse who are in the district but priority may be given to high risk victims managed under the MARAC arrangements. The scheme can be accessed via self-referral, MARAC referral and professional referral.  Most MARAC referrals are managed by the IDVA who holds a stock of equipment.  A range of housing options will be discussed and offered as well as the Safe at Home scheme to enable the client to make an informed decision about the options that best suits their needs and circumstances.

Either the IDVA or Lincolnshire Police's Crime Reduction Officer will make recommendations of what works or equipment is required. Equipment is provided free of charge and a financial contribution of up to £200 can be made towards works. In some circumstances a higher contribution will be made or advice provided about organisations/charities that might be able to assist.  If the victim lives in rented accommodation, their landlord might be contacted to obtain permission and to see if they will carry out the works or contribute towards the costs

For further details or to make a referral, please contact:

ELDC Housing Advice Team
Tel. 01507 613126
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Lincoln

The Lincoln ‘Sanctuary Scheme’ is managed by City of Lincoln Council.

The scheme is open to all victims of domestic abuse who reside in the district and want to remain in their current home.

Referrals are made from partnership agencies of Police, Children’s Services, West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service, IDVA’s, P3 and City of Lincoln Housing and Estates officers.

A security ‘risk’ assessment is completed by the council in particular looking at door and window security.   If target hardening is required works are completed by approved contractors or the ‘in house’ repairs team.

For further details or to make a referral, please contact:

Private Sector Housing Team
Tel. 01522 873787
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North Kesteven District

The North Kesteven ‘Sanctuary Scheme’ is managed by North Kesteven District Council.

The scheme is a victim centred initiative which aims to assist victims of domestic abuse, who wish to remain within their homes, to feel safe and to prevent homelessness.

The scheme is open to all victims of abuse and works as a partnership between Police, Crime Reduction Officers, Domestic Abuse Advocates such as IDVA, Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs), NKDC Housing Options Section, the victim and their family.

Assistance through the sanctuary scheme is free of charge and can include temporary assistance whilst longer term housing options are pursued and/or longer term works to ensure their current home is safe for their continued residence.

Referrals can be made by self-referral, Police, Victim Advocates such as Victim Support, Women’s Aid, NKDC Housing Options Section and Tenancy Services, and other Registered Providers, as landlords, other appropriate statutory or voluntary agencies.

The victim would be contacted by a Housing Options officer who would explain the scheme as well as other housing options. A security assessment is usually completed by a Crime Reduction Officer who will recommend what equipment and works are required.   Any approved works will be completed by Council contractors.

For further details or to make a referral, please contact:

NKDC Housing Options Section
Tel. 01529 414155
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South Holland District

The South Holland District Council ‘Sanctuary Scheme’ is managed and administered by the District Council.

The scheme is open to residents of the South Holland District who are high risk victims of domestic abuse managed under the MARAC arrangements.  The scheme can be accessed via self-referral, MARAC referral and professional referral.  Most MARAC referrals are managed by the IDVA or a Lincolnshire Police Domestic Abuse Officer who hold a stock of window and personal alarms provided by the District Council.  A range of housing options can be discussed and offered as well as the Sanctuary Scheme to enable the victim to make an informed decision about the options that best suits their needs and circumstances.

The Lincolnshire Police's Crime Reduction Officer will make recommendations of what works or equipment is required.  Equipment is provided free of charge. If the victim lives in rented accommodation, their landlord will be contacted to obtain permission to complete the works.

For further details or to make a referral, please contact:

South Holland District Council – Michelle Naylor, Housing Management Officer
Tel. 01775 764623
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South Kesteven District Council

The South Kesteven District Council ‘Sanctuary Scheme’ is managed and administered by the District Council.

The scheme is open to residents of South Kesteven who are victims of high risk domestic abuse and subject to MARAC. The SKDC Sanctuary Scheme is a homeless prevention tool and aims to enable households at risk of violence to remain safely in their own homes by installing additional security measures in the home/within its boundaries.

The scheme is accessed via IDVA or Police Domestic Violence Officer referrals or through the council. A referral form and the DASH Risk Assessment Form must be completed by the referrer.

South Kesteven homeless officers will undertake an assessment to ensure that the subject is otherwise at risk of becoming homeless and will refer to Lincolnshire Police Crime Reduction Officer.

Lincolnshire Police's Crime Reduction Officer will make recommendations of what works or equipment is required.  Equipment is provided free of charge. Sometimes a small contribution is requested in discussion with the occupier, depending on the type of work required and the victim’s finances and housing status, e.g. owner occupier. This will be discussed with the victim by an SKDC Housing Officer who co-ordinates the Scheme and prior to the works being agreed.

If the subject lives in rented accommodation, their landlord will be contacted to obtain permission to complete the works. Where a property belongs to a Registered Provider, the Registered Provider will also be required to consider the recommendations and arrange for the works to be undertaken.

For further details or to make a referral, please contact:

South Kesteven District Council – Housing Solutions
Tel. 01476 40 60 80
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West Lindsey Area

The West Lindsey ‘Target Hardening Scheme’ is managed by West Lindsey District Council.

The scheme is open to all victims of domestic abuse who reside in the district and want to remain in their current home.  Victims are visited in their home by the council’s Domestic Abuse Coordinator and provided with reassurance, safety planning, risk assessing and signposting to support agencies as well as equipment. Works to the home are not normally provided.

Referrals can be made by self-referral, specialist Domestic Abuse Services, West Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service (WLDAS), IDVA service, schools, police, children services and fire and rescue.

If the victim lives in rented accommodation, their landlord might be contacted to obtain permission and to see if they will carry out the works or contribute towards the costs

For further details or to make a referral, please contact:

WLDC Housing Needs Section
Tel. 01427 676676
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