Patrons and celebrity supporters
Refuge is supported by a number of passionate individuals who are dedicated to campaigning against domestic violence.
I was honoured to be asked by Refuge to become a patron and I immediately accepted. Without Refuge, hundreds of women and children would have nowhere to go. No one to help them escape daily horrors in their own homes.
Fiona Bruce, Patron
As a child I witnessed repeated violence against my mother – but there was nowhere to go for help. The truth is, domestic violence is protected by silence. More women and children, just like my mother and me, will continue to experience abuse unless we all speak out against it.
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Patron
As a young barrister I represented many women who had been brutally beaten by their husbands. Refuge’s work is invaluable to the thousands of women it supports each year. Yet it cannot solve the problem alone. Every one of us must take responsibility for challenging domestic violence.
Cherie Booth QC, Patron
Refuge is an established and experienced charity which has always been at the forefront of understanding and dealing with the terrible outcomes of domestic violence. They have helped countless women and their families in their darkest hour, when it must have seemed as though life would forever be nothing but fear and loneliness. I am proud to be a patron of this remarkable charity.
Dame Helen Mirren, Patron
If just one woman recognises the warning signs of domestic violence and finds the courage to get in touch with Refuge then that is potentially one life saved.
Jo Brand, Patron
Thousands of women and children are frightened to be at home, the one place where they should feel safe. I can’t imagine what that would feel like. Domestic violence won’t stop unless we all speak out against it. We can’t let it go on all around us and not do anything about it. This is a problem that kills people.
Helena Bonham Carter
I am committed to speaking out and breaking down the wall of silence that surrounds domestic violence against women. In my role as Avon’s Global Ambassador, I was extremely proud to be part of the launch of the Avon and Refuge ‘Four Ways to Speak Out’ campaign. I continue to give my wholehearted support to this cause and campaign, as well as the lobbying for vital services for those affected by domestic violence.
Reese Witherspoon, Avon Global Ambassador
My work with Refuge came about because I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has the right to live free from violence and fear. Living in safety – especially in your own home – is a basic human right.
It’s an unacceptable reality that one in four women in the UK experience violence in their lives – a reality we must all play our part to change. That’s why I’m so proud to be speaking out against domestic violence and supporting Avon’s ‘Pass It On’ campaign.
Alesha Dixon, Avon Beauty and Empowerment Ambassador
Everyone has a right to live a life which is free from violence and over the years I have realised that silence is a victim’s biggest enemy. I want to give other women enough courage to pick up the phone and ask for help…because once a victim starts talking to Refuge they are on the road to being a survivor.
Wendy Turner Webster
It’s shocking to think that one quarter of all the women I know could experience domestic violence at some point in their lives – and that some of them could be going through it right now. I’m really proud to be an ambassador for Refuge – it’s a charity that saves and changes the lives of women and children.
I work with victims of domestic violence. Thank god there are places like Refuge I can send them where they can find safety.
We’re all likely to know someone who has experienced domestic violence, or who might even be experiencing domestic violence right now. Take the time to learn about some of the signs of abuse – and don’t be afraid to speak out.
Contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline on
0808 2000 247