Socialist Worker

Campaign to keep Doncaster Women's Aid wins

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2514

Activists campaigning to save the service earlier this year

Activists campaigning to save the service earlier this year (Pic: Neil Terry)

Women’s Lives Matter campaigners who fought to defend domestic violence (DV) services in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, are celebrating after winning council funding for a new service.

Activists had called on Doncaster council to fund DV services after the closure of Doncaster Women’s Aid was announced earlier this year.

The council has now awarded a £30,000 grant so that a new service, South Yorkshire Women’s Aid (Doncaster), can open in September.

Campaigner Louise Harrison told Socialist Worker it was a “really big victory”.

She said, “It’s wonderful. Some people just blame the Tories for cuts and say there’s nothing we can do.

“But we’ve won funding for a service from a Labour council.”

Newcastle Women’s Aid now faces the closure of its refuge after losing a bid for a contract to provide DV services.

But as Louise put it, “We’ve shown you can win by fighting.”

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