AN appeal has been launched to equip a new refuge for victims of domestic abuse in Trafford.

Trafford Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS) has marked its 30th birthday by opening a new safe house in the borough.

And to help put the finishing touches to the project, TDAS is asking supporters to find £4,000 within the next four weeks.

Samantha Fisher, their chief executive, sadi: "Refuges all around the country are at capacity.

"It is so disheartening when we have to turn people away who need our help so we’re thrilled to open this new refuge.

"Being able to help more people feels like a fantastic way to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary.”

TDAS started as Trafford Women’s Aid in 1990. Over the years it has grown, supporting more people and adding services for men and children. It now offers a full range of domestic abuse services within the community, as well as refuge accommodation. Last year the charity helped over 1,400 people.

The charity is expecting to see a spike in demand for refuge places as the coronavirus lockdown is eased.

Samantha added: “The lockdown has prevented many people fleeing; as opportunities to leave have reduced.

“We know that as restrictions are eased demand for refuge places will increase.

"This new refuge, Lotus House, will come just in time for many people who need to get out of abusive situations.”

The appeal can be backed online at