Domestic Abuse Resettlement Team (DART)

The Outreach Resettlement Project started in 2018, supporting women, men and families escaping domestic abuse and presenting in Bedfordshire to find either temporary or long term safe housing solutions. This may involve providing support to remain in the home or to move away, either in or out of county.

Our experienced coordinators work over the three Bedfordshire local authority areas, supporting clients to find appropriate accommodation to suit family needs and assisting with the practical aspects of settling into a new home in a new area. Besides relocation, this can include emergency supplies, accessing benefits, setting up utilities, furnishings and white goods and obtaining civil orders.

The team also oversee the ‘Flexi-fund’ to help people in Central Bedfordshire who have experienced domestic abuse. Funding may be used to overcome any barrier preventing access to secure housing, including for deposits, car repairs, white goods, clothing, identity documents and short-term school transport costs etc. It aims to give victims more control over their housing situation, reducing the likelihood that they will need to access emergency housing options.

DART provides intensive and bespoke support for any male or female aged 16 plus with or without children, who are fleeing domestic abuse and looking to move into safe accommodation.

We support those in critical housing moves including complex needs such as:

  • NRPF
  • Mental Health
  • Substance misuse
  • English as a second language
  • Those with a large number of children who can’t access refuges.DAORP enables clients to move on quickly and move away from their abuser at the earliest opportunity

Areas covered: Bedford Borough, Luton Borough, Central Bedfordshire.

Please contact the team for a referral form by email:

DARTreferrals@impakt.org.uk

or phone: Bedford: 07506008132 Central Beds: 07398717156 Luton: 07719959585 Or: 07957691989

Geographical area service covers

Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire & Luton

Who is the service for?

Women and men over 16

Referral routes into service (professionals, self)

Self referral or via a professional

Risk level you support

Other relevant information

The Project is able to provide community based support to those ready to flee and will continue to work with them from referral to resettlement.

We provide a one-to-one service offering the following benefits to clients;

  • A multi-agency approach
  • Safety & resettlement plans
  • Resettlement aftercare up to 12 weeks.
  • Support with
    • Claiming benefits
    • Utility bill management
    • Referrals for immigration advice
    • Obtaining civil orders
    • Sourcing household items for new homes