Home security for those experiencing domestic abuse.

The Sanctuary Scheme is a victim-centred programme that can prevent homelessness by allowing victim-survivors of domestic abuse to remain safely in their home where it is their choice and safe to do so.

Through the Sanctuary Scheme, anyone who no longer lives with the perpetrator can receive help to have security measures installed that will make them feel safer.

This means victim-survivors and their families can stay close to their support networks and do not have to disrupt life by becoming homeless and fleeing to another area.

What does the Sanctuary Scheme provide?

Our Sanctuary-trained officers will assess each property and install any suitable target hardening measures to improve security. Every Sanctuary Scheme is different to make sure it meets the needs of the individual, the property, and their situation. If staying in your home is safe, security measures can include:

  • new or extra door locks
  • security lighting
  • smart or camera doorbells

Even with these extra security measures, the North Norfolk District Council cannot guarantee your household’s safety. It is important to understand if the Sanctuary Scheme is the right choice for you.


The scheme is free and is open to all victim-survivors of domestic abuse living in North Norfolk. It is available to people living in housing association properties, private tenants, as well as owner occupiers. You will need to have rights to occupy the property as either sole owner or tenant or be able to exclude the perpetrator of the violence through legal means. If you live in rented accommodation, the landlord’s permission is needed before we can complete any work on the property.

If you live outside of North Norfolk, you will need to contact your local council to find out how to apply.

Accessing the scheme

If you are experiencing or have been affected by domestic abuse and feel unsafe but want to remain living in your home, the Sanctuary Scheme could be an option for you. Please contact our Housing Options Team to find out more or to apply.

Telephone: 01263 513811

Email: housing@north-norfolk.gov.uk

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.