Refuge is the largest single provider of specialist services to survivors of domestic violence, and other forms of violence against women and children, in Britain.
Every day, we provide support to 6,000 women and children. We listen to women, and put their experiences at the heart of the services we run and our campaigns for legal and social change.
We opened our first refuge in 1971 and now run a network of emergency confidential accommodation across the country. But that’s not the limit of our services. Here’s just some of what else we offer:
- The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, 0808 200 247
- Expert guidance for women going through the courts and the criminal justice system
- Specialist support for children
- Outreach services for women who still living with their perpetrator or who do not need to stay in a refuge
Refuge does more than treat the symptoms of domestic violence – we’re determined to treat the underlying social problems fuelling male abuse of women. That’s why we run high-profile campaigns to drive social change and lobby the Government to ensure that women receive the protection they need. All of this is backed up by high-quality research, drawn directly from our 300-strong team of frontline experts and their experiences with survivors.