A Stepping Stone to Independence
Moving out of the refuge can be an anxious time. Resettlement offers a stepping stone between the supported environment of the refuge and independent accommodation.
Resettlement is tailored to individual needs. The resettlement plan may include practical tasks such as helping to complete a community care grant application, obtaining furniture for the new home, helping to read utility metres, setting up bills and changing benefit entitlements to the new address. The plan may also include safety tasks such as flagging the new address with the domestic abuse unit of the local police and ensuring that contact details for future support are provided.
Resettlement is usually offered for up to 6 weeks after a woman moves on from refuge, but this is again dependant on individual needs. Further support can be provided through BWA outreach workers if it is needed.