3.1 SASH Packs

SASH packs are based on a practice example from Caerphilly County Borough Council. . The local authority's housing staff found that issuing an inexpensive welfare pack (approx £15 each), to tenants reporting domestic abuse had a significant impact on thier wellbeing. Tenants reported feeling safer, less anxious and more reassured, whatever the nature or level of abuse.
 
SASH packs can also be offered to individuals leaving refuge accommodation and being re-housed in social landlord properties. Caerphilly County Borough Council found this gesture helps people coming out of refuge to feel more at ease in their new home. It also creates an understanding that the landlord can offer support with any future problems.
 
Typical SASH pack content:
  • CCTV stickers
  • Door and window alarms
  • Everyday items such as lip salves and pens discreetly display the Live Fear Free Helpline number
  • Personal alarm
  • 24 hour light timers

The Free from Fear Partnership's social landlords frequently offer additional target hardening to tenants. This can involve making more permanent changes to improve the security of a property, such as changing door locks, erecting fencing and fitting external security lights.

The availability of additional target hardening will vary between organisations and depends on factors such as approaches to supporting victims, organisational strategy and the resources allocated. It's also determined by internal arrangements for fitting equipment (including outsourcing to agencies such as Care and Repair), and if properties already benefit from 'secure by design.'

Staff should familiarise themselves with their organisation's arrangements for target hardening before discussing options with tenants.

Surveillance measure such as CCTV may be a deterrant and can offer reassurance, as well as potentially provide evidence against a perpetrator.

Individuals who have left refuge can also benefit from additional target hardening - this is especially true in cases where there is a chance a high risk perpetrator could learn the whereabouts of their victim.