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Topic: Refuge support services

refuge-kitchen Look at a refuge

Explore all the rooms so you can see what a refuge looks like.

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"Life at the refuge was so much better than I thought it would be..."

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Who can stay in a refuge?

Related Links

Reports, publications etc.

Research and guidance in relation to refuges.

Support work
Research on support work in refuges.

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Interactive refuge that can be used to show children what it's like to stay in a refuge.

Refuge-based services are one of the key elements of a package of specialist help and support provided by local specialist domestic violence services in Women's Aid's national network. Refuges offer emergency and temporary accommodation, advocacy and support to women escaping abuse. 

Explore a refuge house so you can view what it's like


On a typical day, over 7000 women and children are resident in refuge accommodation in England (view the Women's Aid annual survey of refuge services). Refuge addresses (and sometimes their telephone numbers) are confidential for safety reasons.


There are nearly 400 specialist domestic violence organisations providing refuge accommodation for women in the UK. They are however unevenly spread throughout the country, and one in three local authority areas does not have any refuge provision or associated specialist domestic violence services - see Map of Gaps report.

View the Domestic Abuse Directory for your nearest specialist service.