The ‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme, which provides free train travel for those needing to flee domestic abuse, has been extended.
The joint initiative between rail companies and Women’s Aid Federation of England covers the cost of train tickets for adults and children escaping domestic abuse and travelling to refuge accommodation.
Although the scheme was due to end next week, it has now been announced it is being continued to help more people escape domestic abuse and reach a safe refuge. The decision comes as figures show 1,348 people have used the scheme since April last year.
Survivors of domestic abuse who would like to access the scheme, or need other support, can get in touch with Women’s Aid through their Live Chat service, open Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm: https://chat.womensaid.org.uk.