Every day, Refuge provides life-saving support to 6,500 women, children and men escaping domestic abuse and gender-based violence. Our services include refuges, community outreach, independent advocacy and a 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Facts about our job

  • One woman in four experiences domestic violence at some time in her life.
  • On average two women are killed every week by a current or former partner.
  • Over two thirds of women who use our services have children, and in 2018 we supported over 7,000 vulnerable children and young people.

Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. Since then it has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist support to women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse.

Refuge runs a national network of specialist services: including safe emergency accommodation; culturally specific services; independent advocacy services; a range of single point of access service for women, children and men experiencing all forms of violence across entire regions; and the Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Our community-based outreach services offer women life-saving information including: sanctuary schemes to improve home safety; solicitors’ surgeries; peer support groups and support using technology safely.

Refuge’s award-winning media and campaigns raise awareness of domestic violence and lobbies for better protection for women and children experiencing domestic violence. In recent years Refuge has advised the governments, law enforced agencies, international communities and NGOs of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malawi, St Lucia, Turkey and Russia on their strategies to reduce violence against women.

Monthly Donations

  • £5 per month or £60 annually

    Could provide necessities (food, toiletries, clothes, etc.) for women and children who arrive at our refuges with nothing.

  • £7.50 per month or £90 annually

    Could provide emergency safe accommodation for women and children at our 46 refuges.

  • £10 per month or £120 annually

    Could provide emotional and practical support from our expert staff to women and children escaping domestic violence.

  • £20 per month or £240 annually

    Could provide community-based support sessions that allow women to learn more about our services and receive support from other survivors.