Two women are killed every week in England by a partner or ex-partner. These are the women who desperately need specialist refuges.
Last year Women’s Aid member organisations supported nearly 10,000 women and over 10,000 children in refuge accommodation.

The National network of specialist refuges is in a crisis. Across England, specialist refuges are closing or being replaced by non-specialist providers because of funding cuts and poor local commissioning decisions.

The Government needs to commit to preserving the national network of specialist refuges and exploring a new model of funding and commissioning for refuges which supports a sustainable service and high quality care.  Without refuges, women will have nowhere to go to flee domestic violence. This crisis will cost lives.

From 2010 to 2014 the number of specialist refuges declined from 187 to 155, leaving many more vulnerable women and children at risk and without specialist support.

For further support and help contact Nichola Skayman or another member of the family team in Boston, Lincoln, Grantham, Sleaford, Spalding and Newark or contact our 24hour legal domestic abuse helpline.

24 Hour Legal Advice Domestic Violence Helpline

Call Free from a Landline – 0808 156 3863
Call or Text – 07872 456369



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