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I’ve escaped DFV – What can I do to feel more secure in my rental property?

It’s a sad fact that survivors of DFV can still be in danger of further violence even when they leave a violent home.

Property owners have an obligation to allow you to feel safe and secure in your new rental property so firstly take to your property manager to ensure the owner has made the property as secure as required by law. But there are also many things you’re permitted to do as a DFV survivor. Here are some examples that you can do (at your own cost), provided you inform your property manger:

  • Change the locks at your property, as long as you provide a set of keys to your property manager
  • Install external security cameras and other security devices
  • Install improved external lighting, including sensor lights
  • Cut back bushes and other vegetation around the house to allow a clear view of visitors

We know money is often tight in your situation, so financial assistance for safety upgrades is available from Centre Against Domestic Abuse.

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