Refuge-Shropshire marks ten years of supporting women and children

A refuge in Shropshire has reached an historic milestone – providing emergency accommodation and specialist support to women and children escaping domestic violence for ten years. The safe house, run by national domestic violence charity Refuge, is celebrating the milestone by designing a wall mural, which residents will help to create, illustrating what the refuge has meant to them.

In the last year alone the Shropshire refuge has provided life-saving and life-changing support to 90 women and children. Two thirds of the women who stayed at the refuge experienced abuse for more than 6 months and some experienced 20 years of abuse before finally being able to escape to a refuge. Nearly 50% have been hurt with weapons or objects and 53% had experienced threats to kill.

A refuge is a vital life-line, providing safe, emergency accommodation but it is so much than just a roof over a woman’s head. Refuge’s specialist workers provide a range of practical and emotional support to help women, and their children, rebuild their lives.

A resident's flat within one of Refuge's safe Houses.
Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, says:

Sandra Horley CORRECT HEADSHOT 2014“Domestic violence is an horrific crime that kills two women a week in England and Wales.

“Over the last ten years Refuge has provided support to enable hundreds of women and children in the Shropshire area to rebuild their lives free from violence and fear.

“It doesn’t matter how good a country’s response is to domestic violence, no country has ever removed the need for refuge provision, which is why this service is so vital.”


Councillor Karen Calder, Cabinet Member for Public Health Shropshire Council and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, added:

“Safe Houses like Shropshire’s refuge offer a vital and critical lifeline for women and children forced to leave their own homes, families and friends to be safe from abuse.

“Such refuges provide a safe, private and welcoming environment that supports women to make those positive steps in turning their and their children’s lives around. I would like to congratulate Shropshire Refuge on their 10th anniversary and offer my sincere praise and thanks to the fantastic work of all those who work and support this fantastic scheme.

“It is vital that we keep domestic abuse at the top of our agenda and our recently launched Safer Shropshire Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Strategy (2015 – 2017), represents our commitment to tackle this issue head on.”

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