To: Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Stop planned changes to funding for women's refuges

Stop planned changes to funding for women's refuges

Immediately halt dangerous planned changes to the way that women's domestic abuse refuges are funded, as they could put women's and children’s lives at risk.

Work with Women's Aid and other partners to ensure that the national network of women's refuges is given a model of funding that will protect services in the long term.

Why is this important?

New government funding plans threaten to dismantle our life-saving national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk.

A Women’s Aid survey of refuge services showed that the proposed new model of funding could force over half of refuges responding to close or reduce their provision - resulting in 4000 more women and children turned away from the lifesaving services they desperately need.

Already there are not enough refuge spaces to meet demand; data from Women’s Aid shows that 60% of total referrals to refuges were declined in 2016/17. When on average two women a week are killed by a partner or ex partner across England and Wales the stakes could not be higher.

Under the new plans, rent money which would have in the past gone straight to domestic violence refuges would instead go to local authorities - effectively forcing refuges to compete for funding with other local services. Refuge managers have warned “if the plans get implemented it will be the end of domestic violence refuges."

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Reasons for signing

  • Refuges save lives, and we need more or them, not less!
  • I worked for women’s aid for almost 20 years in late 80s. We struggled then. It’s about time refuges were funded properly by every local authority. Women turn to refuges when they’re desperate. Most as a last resort. Take away the funding and you take away all hope for these women
  • We need more refuge centres not less and more securely and safely funded. The government has a bad record for ruining existing funding for vulnerable groups and then having to try to replace what they have destroyed. They should leave well alone and increase the help instead.


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