Innovative Women’s Refuge, the Sanctuary, Opens In The Hills

The Hills’ new women’s refuge, The Sanctuary, is unparalleled in New South Wales.

The Hills local area commander, Superintendent Rob Critchlow, told Fairfax Media the shelter will not only be the first to have wheelchair access; it is also the first refuge wired to a police station.

‘‘The house has a duress alarm which is connected directly to my sergeant’s [police supervisor] office, which is manned 24 hours a day,’’ he said.

‘‘They can use the state-of-the-art CCTV system to monitor what’s happening at the house and send constables to assist in a very short space of time.

‘‘It’s a beautiful building and security is of a very high standard; I think it’s above standard.

‘‘I know of no other refuge wired to a police station like that one is.’’

Castle Hill police report an average of six calls a day in relation to intimate partner violence, with the average age of a family and domestic violence victim being 41.

Read more in Hills News.

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