Women’s Aid 1.7 challenge

Women’s Aid 1.7 challenge

An estimated 1.7 million women experience domestic abuse in England and Wales every year. That is 1.7 million too many.

As part of our Come Together to End Domestic Abuse campaign, which aims to promote real societal attitudinal change by demonstrating the impact we can have when we come together, we hold our annual 1.7 fundraising challenge! We asked you to come together with your friends, family or colleagues to move 1.7 miles a day, every day in September for the 1.7 million survivors of domestic abuse every year.


Take on a challenge in September

The challenge is simple – try and complete 1.7 miles a day, every day in September. How you complete it is entirely up to you! You can walk, run, cycle, wheel, static cycle, swim, kayak, hop, skip or jump your daily 1.7 miles but just make sure you complete them every day in September! You can sign up for a solo challenge or come together to create a team of people all completing 1.7 a Day, Your Way together.

Why we need your support

Whilst it is reported that 1.7 million women experience domestic abuse every year, this is only the tip of the iceberg as so many women do not report abuse due to fear or the worry they’ll be judged or not believed. With three women being killed a fortnight by a current or ex-partner, so much needs to change before women are safe. £170 could help 17 women access support through our Live Chat service, and ensure they are met by a trained staff member to support them. Join #TeamWomensAid and move 1.7 miles a day in September to take a stand against domestic abuse. Let’s build a future where domestic abuse is no longer tolerated.

Thank you for taking part in 2023!

Express your interest

Complete this form to register your interest in this September’s 1.7 Challenge. Official registrations will open in the summer.

Choose how you plan to move your 1.7 miles a day this September. Move 1.7 miles a day, every day throughout the month and collect donations until the end of October to hit your target!


For all the details of how you can complete the challenge, track your miles, adapt the challenge and FAQ’s click here.

Our 2023 challenge champions

We were overwhelmed by your support this year - so many women from across the UK got involved. Thank you so much!

What did our 2023 1.7 Challenge Champions think?

“I walk a lot anyway, but not every day so it gave me the incentive to get out every day.”

“It was great how everyone supported each other. On tough days the group kept me going.”

“We loved it and it energised all of our team” (1.7 Challenge, Corporate Supporter)

“Really enjoyable, great community spirit and feeling of accomplishment on completion.”

“Brilliant experience - improved my fitness, made new friends and raised money for an organisation I'm indebted to.”

Donate to our vital work

We wouldn't be able to support women to escape abuse without your generous fundraising and donations. Every penny makes a huge difference.

1.7 challenge: Facebook social media resources

If you would like these for Twitter or Instagram we have those available too – just email fundraising@womensaid.org.uk 

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