Support for women

At Refuge we understand how difficult it can be if you are experiencing domestic violence or other forms of violence. You might feel scared, isolated and confused. You might feel too ashamed or afraid to tell anyone about your situation.

But you are not alone – we are here for you.

Recognising that you are being abused is an important step. If you alter your behaviour because you are frightened of how your partner will react, you are being abused. Where you go from here is up to you.

You don’t have to decide whether to leave your partner right away. Only you know when is right for you. Take it one step at a time and with each achievement you will feel stronger. In this section you will find information about options you might like to consider.

Refuge is here to support you whatever you decide. We run a range of services which will support you no matter what your experience of violence (domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery) including refuges, community-based projects, culturally-specific services, and support for women going through the criminal justice system.

We won’t judge you or tell you what to do. We won’t tell anyone you have been in touch with us. Although it may feel impossible now, you can rebuild your life free from violence and fear. Whatever you decide, your safety is always our priority.