A domestic abuse refuge has opened a new safe space in Bury, becoming the latest facility in the area.

SafeNet has opened the doors of its new refuge which has been developed by SafeNet and Calico Homes.

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The facility has increased SafeNet’s domestic abuse accommodation space to 27 units after they were commissioned by Bury Council in 2021 to deliver safe accommodation services.

Banyan House is a 10-unit refuge designed to accommodate single women and families.

The accommodation includes two self-contained flats for survivors with higher, more complex needs.

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The facility also offers one adapted unit to improve access for survivors with mobility needs and has a large communal area incorporating space for activities, groupwork and one-to-one support.

The refuge is in a confidential location for the safety of the residents and staff and a risk management plan has been put in place.

SafeNet also deliver Community Outreach Services in Bury offering confidential, emotional and practical support in the community including housing-related issues.

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Helen Gauder, Managing Director at SafeNet said: “We’re delighted to be able to extend and develop our service and offer in Bury.

“Banyan House will provide much needed accommodation and support for survivors of domestic abuse in Bury. We encourage anyone that needs support to come and speak to us.”