Our work

At Refuge, we believe that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse. On any given day Refuge supports almost 5,000 clients, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse; for example domestic violence, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery, and female genital mutilation.

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Forms of violence and abuse

Refuge provides specialist support to women, children and some men escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence. Here you can find out more about these forms of violence and abuse.

Our services

Refuge’s specialist services include refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach projects, culturally specific services and the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership with Women’s Aid.

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Effecting change

Refuge’s award-winning campaigns aim to raise awareness of domestic violence and prevent it from happening. We ensure the needs of those experiencing a wide range of abuse are represented at the highest possible level.

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Research and publications

Refuge produces research into the effects of domestic violence and other forms of violence, the issues surrounding service provision and how society responds to violence against women and girls. This research informs all our work.

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Find all of Refuge’s recent press releases and latest news – as well as contact details for the Refuge communications team – here.

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Training

All our staff are specially trained to the highest standard and we also provide training to other professionals.

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Refuge does not just follow best practice; it creates best practice. Find out more about what makes Refuge a specialist provider.

Women’s stories

Read the real voices of women who have accessed Refuge’s specialist services.