IDAS, together with Target Housing and Sheffield City Council, have developed the Safezones project in Sheffield for anyone who is escaping domestic abuse.
We recognise that domestic abuse can affect people irrespective of their gender identity or sexuality. Through the Safezones project we support members of the LGBT+ community as well as those escaping abuse in heterosexual relationships. Our Safezones properties range in size from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom maisonettes and houses to suit the needs of individuals and families. They are dispersed, in a range of locations and are in addition to other specialist accommodation in Sheffield.
I had really hit rock bottom when the offer of a Safe Zones property came along. My caseworker has been a life saver. I have felt frustrated at times, but she has always encouraged me to remain positive and this has been such an uplifting experience"
The IDAS Safezones team provide emotional and practical support, tailored to meet people’s individual needs and circumstances. We can help settle people into their emergency accommodation, work with them to develop a safety plan and provide emotional support to rebuild their confidence. In the longer term, our team work with housing services to support people to find a permanent home either in Sheffield or further afield.
With our support, victims of domestic abuse tell us that they feel safer, have greater confidence and are able to make positive choices and move forward in their lives.
For me, the Safe Zones project was a very literal lifeline that took me from a very bad situation and gave me the opportunity to escape that and find a place of sanctuary and the necessary support to start a new life, free of the abuse I left behind. The combination of a safe environment in which to live and the focused, client led, guidance and support has been invaluable to me and has allowed me to build my feelings of confidence when it comes to moving ahead with my new life.
For further information, or to refer someone into the service please contact us on 0114 2493920 or email [email protected]