Tell your Refuge story

Has Refuge supported you through your experience of domestic violence? Have you ever called the National Domestic Violence Helpline for support?


If you have used any of Refuge’s services and would like to tell your story, we would love to hear from you.

We are frequently contacted by journalists who are running stories about domestic violence.

They often ask if we can put them in touch with women who have survived abuse and want to speak out about their experiences.

Why speak out?

Speaking out about domestic violence is a powerful way to break the wall of silence which so often surrounds victims. Many women tell us that they made the first step towards breaking free after reading or hearing about the stories of other survivors.

By sharing your story, you could empower other women to escape domestic violence and start rebuilding their lives.

Your words will also help to educate wider society about the signs and myths of domestic violence. Read more about how Refuge campaigns to change social attitudes.

What would it involve?

If Refuge has helped you get back on your feet after experiencing domestic violence, and if you would like to share your story, please get in touch.

You don’t have to be identified by name, or have your photo taken. And if you have to travel anywhere for an interview, all costs will be covered.

What if I don’t feel ready?

Your safety is always our priority, so please only contact us if you are out of danger and feel safe enough to speak out.

Talking publicly about personal domestic violence experiences can be difficult, so please don’t worry if you’re not ready to do so.


If you are interested in telling your story to support Refuge’s work with the media, please email or call 0207 395 7731