DOMESTIC violence and abuse charity Staying Put has spoken out in defence of plans for a refuge in Bradford.

A company called Strong Foundations wants to open the supported accommodation and refuge in Great Horton.

Staying Put says the accommodation would provide a safe environment for service users at risk of domestic and sexual violence, homelessness, care leavers and women experiencing housing difficulties, including women who may find themselves vulnerable during times of crisis.

A petition against the plans has been launched by residents who are concerned about proposals.

Yasmin Khan, director of Staying Put, said: “We are saddened to hear the opposition to these plans from local residents. We deal with women every day who are in desperate need of support and help, not condemnation and prejudice."

She added: "We would urge all residents of Bradford to be more considerate and compassionate towards those less fortunate than themselves.”