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GWR has launched a partnership with the Women’s Aid charity to help women fleeing an abusive relationship and travelling to safety at a refuge.

Quite often, one of the ways that women feel trapped is that they don’t have freely available cash and so can’t afford a ticket to travel away from home. Some may need to travel a considerable distance to be able to find safety, either due to limited places at women’s refuges or the need to move away from their abuser.

To help women in this situation, the new ‘Rail to Refuge’ collaboration between Women’s Aid and Great Western Railway will offer free rail travel for those fleeing domestic violence and who are travelling to a refuge.

Adina Claire, acting co-CEO of Women’s Aid, said: “Access to cash is a major barrier for women escaping an abusive partner, and free train travel will be one less thing for these women to worry about at a time of acute crisis.”

A special supportive pin badge is available, and GWR will make a financial donation to Women’s Aid in recognition of the work they do.

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