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Breaking the cycle of Domestic Abuse – Live Fear Free Helpline: 0808 80 10 800

Safe Accommodation – The Refuge


Safe Accommodation – The Refuge


What is a Refuge?

Our refuge is a safe house shared by women and their children who are escaping Domestic Abuse.  The whereabouts of a refuge is kept confidential and a P.O. Box address is provided.

A refuge is a place where women can be sure they are safe, and where they can access emotional and practical support from staff who understand what they have been through.

Every woman in the refuge is escaping abuse, which means they can share their experiences and offer each other support.

Women often arrive at a refuge in shock, at a point of crisis in their lives. They may have lived with abuse for months or years. They may have become isolated from family and friends.

Staff in all of our refuges are there to support women practically and emotionally. They understand the trauma women have experienced and are there to listen and help. The other women staying in the refuge can also provide valuable peer support.

In addition to a safe place to stay, refuge staff can offer:

  • Help in finding and establishing a safe new home
  • Budgeting and welfare benefits
  • Accessing health services
  • Finding nurseries and schools
  • Accessing local community and cultural services
  • Accessing specialist legal advice
  • Safety planning
  • Training, education and employment


Who can go to a refuge ?

Any woman who has experienced domestic abuse – emotional or physical – can go to a refuge, with or without children.


How to access a refuge

Our safe emergency accommodation service can be accessed any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

Live Fear Free Helpline 0808 80 10 800  – 24 hour service helps women access refuge spaces across all of the UK.

The police and social services can also help you find suitable refuge space.


How long do women stay ?

Women stay in our refuges for as long as they need to.  Some women stay for a few days, others stay for a few months before moving into a new tenancy.


If you need to escape an abusive relationship and move into a safe house,

Please call 0808 80 10 800 to take the first steps to living fear free.

If in an emergency always call 999.