Save our Stratford-upon-Avon refuge

Since 2014, Refuge has run a safe house in Stratford-upon-Avon for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

This refuge has the capacity to support five women and their children at any one time. It is staffed by a team of expert practitioners who provide the residents with a range of practical and emotional support. Since 2014, Refuge has  supported 32 women and 49 children who have fled violence thanks to this vital service.

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Last year Refuge managed to raise an incredible £33,000 to keep its Stratford refuge open, thanks to support from amazing individuals, the Stratford Town Trust and the Stratford Herald newspaper. We are incredibly grateful – we would not have been able to run this service without this amazing support.

Yet now, this safe house is under threat of closure. Even though Refuge has been lucky enough to receive a fabulous grant again this year from the Stratford Town Trust (see below), Refuge urgently needs to raise £21,000 this financial year to keep the service open.

A refuge is much more than a roof over a woman or child’s head.  Confidential safe houses give residents a sanctuary of safety and our expert team gives them the building blocks they need to begin a new life, free from violence and fear.

Families living in the refuge may have experienced extreme trauma, isolation and financial abuse. Refuge supports these families to cope and recover from their experience.

It is vital that the doors to this life-saving and life-changing service do not close.  We hope you can help by supporting this vital service.


Stratford Town Trust

Refuge is extremely grateful to Stratford Town Trust, which has given a very generous grant of £15,000 towards supporting our Stratford refuge this year.

But Refuge still needs to fundraise for a further £21,000.

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, says:

 “The donation from the Stratford Town Trust will play a significant part in sustaining this essential service for another year, and it is much-needed.

“The Stratford refuge is a vital local service, housing up to five women and their children at any one time. This may not sound like much, but without it, these women could have become yet another domestic homicide statistic.  Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

“Refuge still needs to raise £21,000 to meet its target to keep this service running and we will be working tirelessly to raise more funds over the coming months. In a climate of squeezed local authority budgets, grants like those provided by the Stratford Town Trust and support from generous individuals are vital and we are thankful for support.”

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Commenting on the campaign to save Stratford refuge, Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, a patron of Refuge, said:

“I am very proud to have launched the ‘Save the Stratford refuge’ appeal in 2014 – the generosity of so many local people and companies made it possible for Refuge to keep its doors open.  I very much hope that funds can be raised again this year to support this life-saving and life-changing service.

“Without this refuge, abused women may be faced with the stark reality: flee to live rough on the streets with their children, or remain with their abuser and risk further violence – or even worse.Sir Patrick Stuart and Sharon De Souza in conversation at Refuge's head office.

“I witnessed the terrible effects of domestic violence as a child and am hugely heartened by the generosity of the Stratford community in supporting this service. Please be generous again, your support could make a real difference to women and children escaping violence and abuse.”


If you would like to show your support and keep our Stratford refuge open, please click here to donate whatever you can spare: