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A Mother's Day picnic was held in Exeter today in protest at the closure of the city's women's refuge.
Around 250 people met on Cathedral Green to show their support. They're calling for another refuge to open.
Services supporting victims of domestic violence in Devon are being taken over by a new supplier but there are no plans for another refuge.
Chris Collier is from Stop Abuse For Everyone:
The Council says everyone currently living in the Exeter refuge has been offered alternative, personalised, secure accommodation and Splitz, as part of the contract, will offer all these people continued support.
In the following statement, Devon County Council defends its decision to withdraw core funding for the Exeter Women's Refuge:
A former resident of the Exeter Women's Refuge tells ITV News West Country how important the centre has been for her and her children.
The Exeter Women's Refuge is to close down after Devon County Council withdrew core funding. Campaigners say it will lead to an increase in domestic violence against women. Nearly 2,000 people have joined a Facebook page demanding the centre be saved.
The refuge has accommodation for twelve women and their children. The Council says it is not the best way to protect abused women, and that they want to focus on removing perpetrators from the women's homes instead.
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The manager of a women's refuge in Exeter says lives will be put at risk if it closes.