How you can became A Safe Borough/Safe City

Empowering Boroughs and Cities to recognise and respond to domestic violence and abuse

What is a Safe Borough/City?

A Safe Borough/City promotes zero tolerance to domestic violence or abuse.

A Safe Borough/City recognises that domestic violence or abuse impacts upon many people living or working there, regardless of age, religion, disability, ethnic or cultural background and while the majority of victims are female , domestic violence or abuse can be experienced by men and by people in same sex relationships.

A Safe Borough/City aims to provide an inclusive means of providing information on the range of organisations available to help anyone affected by domestic violence or abuse.

How to become a Safe Borough/City:

A Safe Borough/City will provide and promote a range of pathways in organisations and businesses, churches, Town groups and schools to facilitate anyone affected by domestic violence or abuse to access support, quickly, discretely and safely.

The Safe Borough/City initiative is a partnership initiative, and will be co-ordinated by a Council representative and supported by Onus and/or Onus Safe Place Partner organisation.

To attain Safe Borough/City status, there must be a clear demonstration that there is a sustained effort to inform everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, with or without disability that support is available for them, and how they can access that support locally.

The Safe Borough/City Partnership organisations will identify will identify the following:

  • A wide range of businesses and organisations to attain Safe Place status, to include healthcare providers, churches, schools and local shops;
  • Prominent local businesses to become Safe Employers
  • It is expected that Safe Borough/Cities will also demonstrate inclusion through adopting a cross community approach

Once the above criteria has been fulfilled, Safe Borough/City status is awarded.


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