SOS: Save Refuges, Save Lives

SOS - Save refuges, Save Lives.

Since September 2014, we have been calling on the government to Save Our Services by committing to preserving the national network of specialist refuges by exploring a new model of national refuge funding and commissioning.

Since 2010, we have lost 17% of specialist refuges in England and third of all referrals to refuges are turned away, normally due to a lack of available space.

Our world-leading network of specialist refuges is at risk of being lost when still two women a week, on average, are killed in England and Wales by a partner or former partner.

On one typical day, 103 children and 155 women are turned away from refuges. There is no space for them.

Why refuges are so important: Real stories

The campaign so far

Thanks to your support, the campaign has successfully secured a further investment of £13.2million until April 2016. This increased funding has supported many refuges to stay open and bolstered provision at many others.

We are now making it clear to the Government that to keep these services open after April 2016 we need a long-term funding solution to be put into place urgently.

Take action

Email or write to your MP – You can find details of your local MP and tips for writing to them at:

Send your SOS signal – Download the mySOS template (PDF) and  write a word or phrase that explains why you think we should protect refuges. Then tweet us a picture, tagging #saverefugessavelives and we’ll add you to the gallery!


Reports and resources

Why we need to save our services
Women’s Aid data report on specialist domestic violence services. (PDF) – Download Report

Tackling domestic violence toolkit for MPs (PDF)
We want to help MPs support their constituents who may be experiencing domestic abuse. We have produced a toolkit with key data about domestic abuse and information on how MPs can support their constituents. – Download toolkit

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