New ‘Safe Space’ for Domestic Abuse Victims Launched

01 Jul 2019

On Monday 24 June, Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) extended their Safe Space service for domestic abuse victims into North Hertfordshire.

The Safe Space offers a safe haven to victims, survivors and their families fleeing domestic abuse by providing a location to make what can be life changing decisions. It is fully furnished and available for a maximum of seven days.

The opening of the new North Hertfordshire space brought together domestic abuse survivors and representatives from Stevenage Borough Council and North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC).

Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor said at the event, “I am delighted to officially open the second Safe Space in Hertfordshire. Domestic abuse affects people everywhere. It has no boundaries of class, religion, age, gender or financial circumstances. SADA has already helped so many people and the launch of this new space means that we can support even more people who need our help.”   

NHDC’s Executive Member for Housing and Environment, Cllr Gary Grindal said: “This new Safe Space property in North Hertfordshire will provide a vital lifeline to those who are fleeing domestic abuse. We hope the property will be a first step for victims who have sought help and are looking to rebuild their lives after living through the trauma of domestic abuse. Working in partnership with SADA has enabled us to support domestic abuse victims in the district more closely and we thank them for their support with this important work.”

The ground-breaking service was set up to support all victims of domestic abuse. It has supported over 350 victims and has received over 40 referrals since April 2018 for its Safe Space for accommodation.

The Safe Space can be accessed through SADA, partner agencies or by self-referral. For further information regarding the events taking place over the campaign or if you need to talk to Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse, call Stevenage Borough Council on 01438 242666