South Asian refuges

We run a number of refuges for South Asian women and children.


South Asian women experiencing domestic violence have specific needs.

Community and family expectations, religious and cultural pressures can mean they face particular challenges. It can be difficult to seek appropriate support, especially if you don’t speak English.

Who can come to the refuge?

Any South Asian woman, or woman who defines herself as South Asian, who is escaping domestic violence – from a partner, or another member of her family such as a brother, sister, father, uncle or mother-in-law – can come to the refuge. The violence or abuse can be from a partner or another member of her family, perhaps her brother, sister, father, uncle or mother-in-law.

Refuge supports women with range of issues, including forced marriage, insecure immigration status, and issues of disownment by family and communities relating to systems of honour and izzat.

Culturally specific service provision

Our refuge workers understand the importance of confidentiality and the issues that close family networks can pose for a woman experiencing domestic violence.

Many of the women we support do not speak English as a first language and this may have contributed to their isolation. Our refuge workers speak a range of languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Hindi and English.

Staff can provide emotional and practical support in the following areas:

  • Housing applications/transfers
  • Settling into a new home
  • Safety planning
  • Claiming benefits and budgeting
  • Training and employment
  • Legal advice/information
  • Access to healthcare
  • Risk assessment
  • Immigration issues – support for women with insecure immigration status
  • Culturally appropriate emotional support – one-to-one or in a group

How can I access a refuge?

The 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline will help you find a space in a specialist refuge. Please call 0808 2000 247. The police, social services and other agencies can also put you in touch with us.