“Panic rooms”, rooms intended to be secure, even impregnable, were conceived to offer protection to homeowners in the event of a break-in by potentially violent intruders.
The doors to the rooms are extra thick and strong, and can’t be kicked down.
In a county in Wales, UK, homes of high-risk victims of domestic violence are now being equipped with panic rooms, re-dubbed “sanctuary rooms”.
The special rooms have “good neighbour alarms” which, if triggered, alert neighbors to call police.
A domestic abuse advocate believes the sanctuary room has given at least one homeowner her best night’s sleep in years, by finally relieving her domestic abuse-induced terror in her own home.
A person should be able to find sanctuary in their own home.
Unfortunately, though, this sanctuary ends at the door where the victim leaves their home.