Why should you invest in Refuge?

Why invest in us?

1 – Experience: Refuge opened the world’s first safe house in Chiswick for women and children fleeing domestic violence in 1971 and since then we have grown to become the country’s largest specialist provider of domestic and gender-based violence services.

2 – Innovators: for the last four-and-a-half-decades we have pioneered countless innovative services which are informed by our clients and our expert practitioners.

3 – Changing and saving lives: on any given day we support thousands of clients experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, human trafficking and modern slavery and so-called ‘honour’-based violence.

4 – Lobbying and campaigning: Refuge is a national charity with a national voice. We campaign for changes to the way the justice system and the State respond to domestic and gender-based violence victims and perpetrators; and we support bereaved families who have lost loved ones to this horrendous crime.

5 – High-quality services: In 2010 Refuge became the first domestic violence organisation in the country to be awarded the internationally-recognised ISO9001:2008 certificate by the British Standards Institute.

6 – Impact driven: Refuge has developed its own bespoke, specialist casework management tool, IMPACT, which has an extensive, built-in outcomes framework. We can demonstrate exactly what each client has achieved through accessing our specialist support, from when they first enter the service to when they exit.

7 – Outstanding social return on investment: a recent report carried out by NEF Consulting (the New Economics Foundation) highlighted the phenomenal social value of our services. The report calculated that for every £1 invested in Refuge’s specialist services, clients, their families and society at large received a return of £4.94.