Research and publications

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‘If you’re frightened of your partner, call us’: poster advertising the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247, run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid. Click here to download the poster

Warning Signs poster

Four posters from Refuge’s 2010 Care or Control campaign can be downloaded here


Refuge is committed to researching the effects of domestic violence and issues surrounding service provision for abused women and children.

We use our in-house research:

  • To inform the development of high quality services for women and children
  • To promote best practice and inform training across all agencies
  • In recommendations for policies and strategy, at local and national levels
  • In publications, to inform national and international thinking

Below is a list of reports and publications that Refuge has produced or contributed to.

Financial abuse

  • Refuge, in partnership with The Co-operative Bank, joined forces to carry out the UK’s largest study to date to uncover the scale of financial abuse within intimate partner relationships. The Money matters report outlines shows the prevalence of financial abuse and makes recommendations for change within the banking industry to better protect and support victims.

Social value of Refuge’s services

 Service provision

  • Refuge produced a Service Snapshot, to measure the support it was offering to women and children on one typical day in October 2008

Prevention and education

  • Refuge produced the report Starting in Schools as a result of its 2008 YouGov survey. The survey explored young women’s attitudes and knowledge of the warning signs of domestic violence and the human right to a life free from violence

Domestic violence and children

  • In November 2011 Refuge and the NSPCC, funded by the City Bridge Trust, produced a report on the services for children living with domestic violence in London. Click here for an executive summary or download the full report here: Meeting the Needs of Children Living With Domestic Violence
  • In 2005 Refuge produced a report into the Assessment and Intervention for Pre-School Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. It identifies ways to support young children and help them overcome their experiences
  • In 2001 Refuge published a report on Domestic violence and the Impacts on Children. The report was based on the results of a survey into the knowledge and experiences of educational personnel in the UK and Finland, and was funded by the Daphne Project. Contact the Refuge press office for a copy of this report
  • In 1998 Refuge produced a Review of Children’s Service Development for the King’s Fund. This was a casework analysis of the impacts of domestic violence on women and children, reviewing the first three years of children’s service development at Refuge. The report highlights what was learned, describes the programme developed, presents information gleaned through a small pilot study, raises further questions and makes recommendations for best practice. Contact the Refuge press office for a copy of this report

Domestic violence and financial inclusion

Visit the economic abuse page for more information on Refuge’s work on financial abuse and the economic exclusion of women experiencing domestic violence

Domestic violence and the workplace

Domestic violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee women

  • In February 2010 Refuge conducted a scoping study into the experience of forced marriage of women from Middle Eastern and North East African communities, Forced Marriage in the UK
  • In April 2008 Refuge contributed to the Amnesty International/Southall Black Sisters report No Recourse, No Safety. This report explored the plight of women with insecure immigration status and no recourse to public funds who experience domestic violence

Other reports

Other major reports on violence against women

  • The Home Affairs Select Committee Report into Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’-Based Violence, June 2008.  Refuge gave both written and oral evidence to the select committee.  This was the third select committee enquiry into domestic violence (the previous two being in 1975 and 1991). Refuge has given evidence to all three
  • Making the Grade 2007 evaluates the commitment and performance of all government departments in supporting women and children experiencing violence and ending violence against women. Refuge contributed to this report as a member of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which published the report
  • The End Violence Against Women Coalition produced Map of Gaps: The Postcode Lottery of Violence Against Women Support Services (published jointly with Equality & Human Rights Commission) in February 2009 to highlight the shocking shortfall in services for women across the UK