It has been introduced that an extension of Rail to Refuge is expected to help hundreds more domestic abuse survivors. As figures show 1,348 people have used the lifesaving scheme, that equals to 4 survivors a day. It was firstly introduced by South-eastern in September 2019, and later has been instituted in Great Britain on 9 April 2020.
The Rail to Refuge scheme was due to end next week however, it is being continued by train companies to help people escape domestic abuse and ensure the safety of victims that are suffering. This decision has been made as there has been improvement in the number of survivors.
Free travel can be a lifeline for people fleeing abuse who may not have access to cash. 62% people who have used Rail to Refuge travel scheme have said that they would not have travelled if the journey had not been paid for.
As reports show that abuse has increased in the UK, train companies have now started to continue the Rail to Refuge travel scheme. It is very common for a perpetrator to control or have access to victim’s income and money and therefore ensure that survivors leave with nothing to leave with. Therefore, the effectiveness of Rail to Refuge travelling scheme is that survivors can eventually leave without having cash in hand and safety can be ensured for them.
Bond Adams LLP offer services to help ensure that the victims that are suffering from abuse and other aspects of domestic violence can approach us to seek the justice that they deserve. To talk to a professional solicitor, we offer all services as well as free clinics on Wednesdays 1pm-2pm. Please refer to the contact details set out below.
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