Patrons bannerPatrons and celebrity supporters

Refuge is fortunate to be supported by a number of passionate individuals, all of whom are dedicated to campaigning against domestic violence and other forms of violence against women and girls.

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, 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.”

Helen Mirren thumbDame Helen Mirren, 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.”

Cherie Booth thumbCherie Booth QC, 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.”

Jo Brand thumbJo Brand, 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.”

Fiona Bruce thmbFiona Bruce, Patron

“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.”

David Morrissey thumbDavid Morrissey

“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.”

Helena Bonham Carter

“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.”

Lauren Laverne

“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.”

wendy turner webster thumbWendy Turner Webster

“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.”