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The SADA (Survivors Against Domestic Abuse) team has been working hard again to continue to expand the service, securing a 23rd Safe Space property, which allows it to support another family fleeing to safety.

Safe Space properties, the location of which is kept secret, provide an immediate protective environment for individuals and their families who need to exit domestic abuse situations, but who have no immediate and obvious alternative accommodation options.

They are also provided with a drop bag ‘survival pack’ that provides much-needed essentials for those that have had to flee quickly, taking literally nothing with them.

“It is wonderful to be able to add another much-needed safe-space property to our portfolio to continue the valuable work of our SADA service in support of domestic abuse survivors,” said Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council.

“The service has, sadly, seen a huge increase in the number of people needing help during lockdown and we expect further pressure on the service during the European football championships because we know from experience that, amidst all the celebrations and fun, it also creates an upsurge in domestic violence cases. So this comes at a very welcome time and we will continue to add support services and new properties to our portfolio to help those individuals and families that need sanctuary.”

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