Independent on Sunday appeal






Change a life this Christmas

Help Refuge support thousands of women and children escaping domestic violence over the festive period – donate now

The Independent on Sunday has chosen Refuge for the Christmas appeal 2012. With your support, Refuge can change lives and save lives this Christmas.

Read ‘Silent shame of domestic violence in Britain

Read ‘Patrick Stewart – “I knew the exact moment to rush in and stop him hitting her”

Read ‘Help us save families from domestic violence‘ by Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley CBE

Read ‘When pregnancy spells lethal danger to a mum-to-be and her baby

Read ‘For too many, violence in the home is a matter of life and death

Read ‘Without the work of Refuge, even more women would suffer Cassie’s fate‘ by Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley CBE

Read ‘All they want for Christmas? Freedom from fear

Read ‘Mental torture – the hidden side of abuse

Read ‘The slow, grinding impact of being worn down, day after day, should not be underestimated‘ by Refuge supporter Anna Larke

Read ‘How Fiona Bruce saved me from a life of despair

Read ‘Fresh start for sisters who fled their family

Read ‘Cuts to domestic abuse services may make short-term savings, but the long-term costs are too high‘ by Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley CBE


This design was created by a child in one of our refuges

Independent on Sunday donation line: 020 7395 7710 or click here to donate now

How your donation could help

  • Just £10 can pay for an hour-long activity session for a group of children living in a refuge
  • £30 can enable an independent domestic violence advocate to work with a woman to create a plan to keep her safe
  • £100 can fund a local support group session for ten women who have experienced domestic violence
  • £350 could pay for a training workshop for 20 women, helping them to enter employment and regain their independence
  • £500 could help pay for 3 women and their children to access a place of safety in a refuge, giving them the time and space to start rebuilding their lives
  • £2,500 could help support specialist domestic violence services for approximately 5 women and their children from minority ethnic groups.  Women and children from minority ethnic groups often face a different set of pressures and can find it difficult to access mainstream services

Please click here and give as much as you can for women and children escaping domestic violence this Christmas.

About Refuge

Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. Since then, we’ve grown to become the country’s largest provider of specialist domestic violence services. On any given day we support 2,000 women and children.

Our services

There is no single package of services to meet those needs – no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Refuge offers a range of services which gives women and children access to professional support whatever their situation.

Please give generously

Image created by a child staying in a refugeRefuge has led the campaign against domestic violence for over forty years. But to keep our doors open in 2013, we need your help.

Please donate now to the Independent on Sunday appeal. Click here to make an online donation. You can also donate by sending a cheque or postal order to Refuge, International House, 1 St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1UN, or by calling 020 7395 7710.

You can support Refuge’s life-changing, life-saving work for many Christmases to come by setting up a regular gift.

On behalf of all the women and children Refuge is supporting this Christmas – thank you.