Crisis centres provide places of refuge for victims of domestic violence.
The Crisis Centres Act
Each municipality is responsible for ensuring the availability of sufficient facilities so that help can be provided to everyone in need. Municipalities are also responsible for ensuring that crisis centres comply with the requirements of the Crisis Centre Act. The purpose of this act is to ensure that sufficient help is available to women, men or children who are the victims or actual or threatened violence from a person close to them.
- Crisis centres offer temporary living accommodation. Such accommodation must be provided free of charge and must be available 24/7, including on public holidays.
- The services provided must be adapted to suit each individual user’s requirements.
- The services provided by crisis centres must be coordinated with other public services and all users must be properly followed up.
- Anyone who has stayed at a crisis centre must be offered follow-up services after moving out.
Under the Crisis Centres Act, municipalities must undertake internal audits in order to ensure that crisis centres and associated services are operated in compliance with regulatory requirements.
The role of the County Governor
The County Governor is responsible for supervising municipalities in order to ensure their compliance with the provisions of the Crisis Centres Act. The County Governor supervises the activities of municipalities, rather than those of individual crisis centres.