The shelter after violence in dependency relationships provides shelter and assistance to women, men, transgender people and their children who are victims of violence in dependency relationships. Examples of this include domestic violence, honour-related violence, so-called loverboy practices or human trafficking. First and foremost, the shelter offers a place to unwind. After that, the support is focused on recovery, help with processing the violence and increasing resilience. The aim of the support is always that the violence stops, whether or not the victim wants to stay in contact with the aggressor.
The target group for the shelter after violence in dependency relationships is generally victims of domestic violence
Most of the people in the shelter after violence in dependency relationships are victims of violence from their partner or ex-partner. The people who use the shelter often do not have a large social network. They have no friends or family who they can stay with. It is also possible that staying with family or friends is not safe enough, or that there is not enough room for a (large) family.
The shelter after violence in dependency relationships offers various kinds of support
The support in Utrecht consists of a few emergency beds, a location for a crisis shelter and a location for follow-up shelter. There is a shelter specially for teenage mothers. There are a few shelters for men in The Netherlands, including one in Utrecht. There are separate support programmes and specialised staff for the children in the shelter. In addition to the shelter, help is also provided to clients who continue to live at home, but want to stop the violence.
In the shelter after violence in dependency relationships, there are security arrangements in place
When a victim of domestic violence tries to get help, this does not necessarily mean that the violence stops. Some partners, ex-partners or family members also threaten the victim in the shelter. That is why the shelter after violence in dependency relationships is extra secure. There are also security arrangements which ensure that the victim, the other clients and employees are safe. In the case of very serious threats, such as honour killings or an (ex-)partner involved in organised crime or an ex-partner with a severe psychiatric disorder, victims can be moved to a secret address (safe house). The shelter after violence in dependency relationships works closely with the police.