PEOPLE are being given more time to have their say on the future of Torbay's refuge for victims of domestic abuse.
The fate of the refuge, which has seven rooms for victims fleeing abuse, will be decided at the full council meeting on October 17.
The consultation period was due to end on September 18, but has been extended by another week until Wednesday, September 25.
There have been complaints the online survey tool keeps crashing, making it difficult for people to log their views. Torbay Council is looking at in troducing an 'emergency accommodation model'.
Campaigner Fi Allen is urging women to fill in the online survey, but she claimed: "The Torbay Council survey tool keeps crashing. How can they effectively collect all of our views? May I suggest they hurry to fix it, or the consultation will be irrelevant?
"We need to protect victims and children. We need services to do this.
"Most workers in this area are not extravagantly paid.
"They do it because they can and because they want to make a difference.
"You never know when you, a friend or relative, or neighbour will need the refuge until the crisis strikes. If it's gone, who knows what will happen to the victims? Maybe they will decide not to leave, maybe someone will die, maybe children will be hurt, traumatised or worse.
"In order to keep the services we need to argue to keep them.
"We need to make our wishes known. Do something. Fill out the survey, get others to fill it out, pass the word."
Caroline Taylor, the council's director of adult services, said: "Staff at the refuge offer support to women at flexible times. However, this is not available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency accommodation is also available to victims of domestic abuse through our housing needs and options service.
"The proposal which we are consulting on is to change the accommodation provision from a refuge model to an emergency accommodation model.
"All organisations will be provided with details of the proposals along with a set of questions for response."