A2Dominion opens new Places of Safety for victims of domestic abuse

As part of its continued partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, A2Dominion's Domestic Abuse Service (ADAS) has opened two 'Places of Safety' for Oxfordshire residents fleeing domestic abuse.
Places of safety
Places of safety
The partnership between A2Dominion and Oxfordshire County Council offers county residents experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse with specialised support and accommodation.

Listen: Two A2Dominion staff members speak to BBC Radio Oxford about the new Places of Safety service

The new ‘Places of Safety’ have been supported with funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG), as part of £16.6m in government support provided to 75 domestic abuse support projects.

Self-contained homes

The Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service (ODAS) currently offers residents a safe place to live when fleeing domestic abuse, with several shelters across the county. To be used alongside these pre-existing shelters, A2Dominion has opened two new Places of Safety for Oxfordshire residents.

The A2Dominion Places of Safety are self-contained homes, where individuals and their families can live away from an abusive partner, ex-partner, or family member.

Oxfordshire residents of all genders can use this new service for up to 6 months, while receiving tailored one-to-one intensive support from a trained ODAS support officer.

People who receive support at our Places of Safety can remain in the Oxfordshire area, rather than potentially moving to refuge accommodation further from home.

These more convenient locations will allow them to remain in any job role they may have in the area, and/or avoid the need to move to a different school or college – a benefit for victims with children.

Intensive support

Jo Evans, Director of Supported Housing at A2Dominion, said: "The opening of two new Places of Safety means we can support more Oxfordshire residents experiencing domestic abuse.

"Working with Oxfordshire County Council, we can provide intensive support to many groups of people fleeing domestic abuse who may not have access to other types of refuge accommodation.”

Sarah Carter, Strategic Lead Domestic Abuse at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Places of Safety supports those who need somewhere safe to stay who otherwise might not have anywhere else to go – due to their gender, the ages of their children, any care and support needs – and allows them to maintain their existing support networks.”

ODAS has continued to provide accommodation to residents throughout changing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, supporting the most vulnerable people in Oxfordshire during challenging lockdown periods.

As well as Places of Safety, ODAS offers several other services to Oxfordshire residents; including a telephone helpline with access to LanguageLine for non-English speakers and support accessing counselling and therapy.

If you are an Oxfordshire resident experiencing domestic abuse, you can find advice online at You can also contact our helpline on 0800 731 0055 from 10 am - 7 pm on weekdays or call 999 if you're in immediate danger.