What we believe

What we believe

Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.


Our ethos is about empowerment. We support women and children to rebuild their lives free from violence and fear.

Our aim is to provide a range of life-changing and life-saving services and a voice for abused women and children.



How will we achieve our mission?

With our integrated programme of:


Providing high quality services to women and children – from a national helpline and places of safety to community-based initiatives. Our services support women and children to regain control of their lives and move forwards in a positive way.


Helping prevent domestic violence through campaigning, education, training and research. We work in partnership with other agencies to raise awareness of domestic violence, its causes and solutions.


Advocating for improvements to domestic violence policy and practice, and the implementation of legislation to support abused women and children. Encouraging other agencies to develop best practice services and approaches to meet their needs.


Why we are here

  • One woman in four experiences domestic violence at some point in her life
  • Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner
  • Domestic violence accounts for almost a quarter of all violent crime
  • In 90% of domestic violence incidents in family households, children are in the same or next room
  • On average a woman will be assaulted by her partner or ex-partner 35 times before reporting it to the police