Support Us

Your support is vital. SDAS depends on local funding, grants, sponsorship and donations to be able to continue to provide our essential services in support of people who have been affected by domestic abuse. All contributions are gratefully received, whether items, money or time. Please take a look at some of the ways you can support us or if you would like to discuss further, please email

Donations of items

Clothes and Toiletries
As many families arrive at the refuge with little more than the clothes they are wearing, donations of items such as women’s and children’s clothes, soap, toothpaste and shampoo are all welcome.

We will only offer items to our residents that are clean and in a good condition so would ask for donations to be the same.

Many children have had to leave their favourite toy behind.  We aim to give every child a toy that is age and gender appropriate to help them to settle in and to feel welcome. Only toys that are in a good condition can be accepted and cuddly toys need to be new due to health and safety issues.

Donations of long life food such as tins, baby foods and dried goods are of great help, as are donations of gift vouchers to be used in food stores.

Alternatively you may prefer to donate £10 which would pay for a Welcome Gift containing the basic toiletries needed by a woman arriving at a Refuge or a donation of £100 would pay for a Baby Basket containing such items as a baby bath, nappies, baby grows and toiletries.

To offer, discuss or arrange delivery or collection of a donation of items please email or call 02392 , with details of the donation and your location.

Please note that during December we are only able to accept donations of Christmas gifts and monetary donations as we have limited capacity for storage.

Donations of money

SDAS depends on financial donations to help us continue to deliver our essential services supporting victims of domestic abuse.

We are grateful for all donations – including one-off donations, regular giving, sponsorship raised from challenges and legacy giving. Every £1 makes a difference. Here are some of the ways your donations can help:

Donations towards necessary items for women coming to the refuge are very much appreciated.

Examples of how these donations would be spent include:

£10 could pay for a Welcome Gift – a selection of toiletries for women who arrive at a Refuge with nothing

£50 would buy a Moving On Pack – for women who need basic items such as plates and mugs when moving to a new home

£100 could be spent on a Baby Basket – which could include a baby bath, nappies, baby clothes and toiletries

£500 would help to pay for some furniture for women moving into an unfurnished property.

Donations can also help to pay for valuable time and support. For example:

£20 would pay for a play session for up to 15 children

£25 would pay for an hour’s community support to female and male victims of domestic abuse

£75 would pay for weekly group work in the community for up to 12 women or men

Our ambition is to buy a refuge in the South East Hampshire area, for women and their children who are escaping domestic abuse. Our aim is to buy a home that is big enough to house up to six families. To help raise money for this we have launched a BUY A BRICK appeal.

Buy a Brick

We also welcome contributions which will help towards the cost of furnishing and equipping a refuge, for example household items or children’s play equipment.

Donations can be made by texting SDAS18 followed by an amount £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.


Donations of time

SDAS welcomes people from the local community who are prepared to volunteer to give that vital commodity, their time. Volunteers can help in a wide variety of ways, with fundraising, assisting with group work, escorting and supporting women at court etc.

If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information on volunteering for SDAS, please call 02392 480246 or email us at 

Sponsored Challenges
We would love to hear from you if you are taking part in a sponsored challenge in aid of SDAS.

We have a charity page on the Virgin MoneyGiving and the BT MyDonate fundraising pages so would welcome you setting up a sponsorship page linked to either of these.

We have listed a number of challenges below which may interest you – and would love to hear of any more. We have also included one of our own which can be done at any time of the year and from the comfort of your own home!

T Shirts
Supporters who are able to guarantee a minimum of £200 sponsorship will be sent a Sponsorship pack which includes a SDAS T shirt which we hope you will wear when doing the challenge.



Great South Run – Portsmouth, Hampshire


Brighton Marathon / 10K – Brighton, East Sussex

VirginMoney London Marathon – London

Isle of Wight Challenge – Chale, Isle of Wight

London 2 Brighton Run – London

For those of you who don’t fancy running, walking, swimming or cycling 10k we have the 10 CAKE option – where you can bake, buy, sell or eat cakes.

Ideas include –

Baking ten cakes and selling them

Eating a cake without licking your lips

Building a tower of 10 or more cakes

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Please get in contact if you know about other challenges that we could add to our website or if you have any good ideas for the 10 Cake Challenge that we could share. Either email or ring 02392 008329.


A charitable gift, left in your will to Southern Domestic Abuse Service, can make a vital difference to our work.

Legacy gifts, whatever the size, will help us to help others.

Leaving a gift to SDAS in your will doesn’t need to be a complicated or expensive process, although whether you are making a new will or updating an existing will we would always advise speaking with a professional adviser/solicitor.  If you do not already have one, you can find names of solicitors in your area on the Law Society’s website at or by calling them on 020 7242 1222.

If you have already written a will, you can add a legacy by making an amendment or addition, known as a codicil.  In this you would need to state the name of the charity (Southern Domestic Abuse Service), charity number (1146773), address (PO Box 53, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1UA) and the amount and type of legacy.

The different types of legacy include:

Pecuniary legacy – a specified amount of money

Residuary legacy – a share or percentage of your estate once all other bequests have been made.

Specific legacy – an item that would be of value to SDAS or one that could be sold, such as a piece of jewellery.  In this case, it is important to give a detailed and precise description of the item to ensure there is no confusion.

When we see refuges being closed throughout the UK we cannot afford to take government or local authority funding for granted so donations and legacy gifts are hugely important to us.

A Pledge

A gift left to SDAS in your will could make a huge difference to our work.   Letting us know your plan to support us in this way, will help us account for this in our plans for the future.  It will also enable us to update you about any changes which may require you to amend your will such as a change of address.

Most importantly, it will enable us to show our appreciation and to thank you for your promise of support.

Thank you!





  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sandra

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Kerrie

  • "From the circumstances I left behind, I have felt safe living in this house. I have had good times and bad, but I am really grateful for all of your help, you have provided me with. Thank you." Ruth

  • "Thank you SDAS for teaching me how to play the game. I am back in control of my life and my self esteem." Donna