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Survivors Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) has opened its 16th Safe Space for victims of domestic abuse.

The Safe Space offers a haven to victims, survivors and their families fleeing domestic abuse by providing a location to make what can often be life-changing decisions. The space is fully furnished and is available for up to seven days.

SADA currently has Safe Spaces across Hertfordshire – with the service running in Stevenage, North Herts, Welwyn Hatfield and East Herts – and operating under the name Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse inside Stevenage. The first Safe Space opened in Stevenage in 2017, and the 16th is in North Herts.

Leader of Stevenage Borough Council and Chair of SADA, Councillor Sharon Taylor, said: “I am immensely proud of the work SADA does, and the opening of our 16th Safe Space means we’re able to help even more victims of domestic abuse and their families.

“The need for support and accommodation is still essential, and the service is averaging 21 referrals every week. The team works hard to support clients by working co-operatively with partners, including the police and housing associations.”

Cllr Gary Grindal, North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Executive Member for Housing said: “We are incredibly pleased that SADA has been able to open another Safe Space in North Hertfordshire, helping victims of domestic abuse and their families escape the most awful of situations. We will continue to work closely in partnership with SADA in North Herts to ensure that those who need this vital help are able to receive it. ”

Please call 01438 242666 to speak to a dedicated domestic abuse worker. For more information, visit Survivors Against Domestic Abuse