Safety and Independence


“When the world can’t see what your going through, Refuge can.”

Melanie Clarke, domestic violence survivor.

Refuge opened the first women’s refuge in Chiswick in 1971.

Since then, we’ve supported thousands of women like Melanie to access safety and worked with them to rebuild their lives.  With less than a week to go until Christmas, watch the amazing singer songwriter Frances tell Melanie’s story through a powerful animated video.

Today, ensure women like Melanie have a safe and happy Christmas by purchasing one of our Safety and Independence Parcels for £50.

Purchase a parcel

For more information, and to find out other ways to support our work, or if you need to access our services, visit our homepage
Other ways you can help


We are asking our incredible supporters – supporters just like you – to get behind this campaign. Follow the Refuge Advent daily updates and please support our work along the way.

And finally – please come back tomorrow to find out what’s behind the 20th door of our Refuge Advent calendar!

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