Exeter's threatened Women's Refuge is to stage a Mother's Day picnic protest on Cathedral Green.
There has been a refuge in Exeter for several decades, firstly in Longbrook Street and then moving 10 years ago into Exwick.
Over the years it has offered an anonymous safe house where people mainly women and children can flee to, escaping risk of serious harm or death.
Since the news emerged that the refuge would have to close there has been a groundswell of upset and opposition.
Although the new provision from April 2014 under the Department of Public Health (for Devon) cites that those needing to flee their perpetrators will be found temporary accommodation, there are strong concerns that vital anonymity cannot be maintained and there will be a lack of proper support.
On Sunday March 30, people are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day and support Exeter’s Refuge at a peaceful Picnic Protest at Exeter’s Cathedral Green from 11.30am-2.30pm.