What we do
Leaving an abusive relationship is a process. It can look different for everyone. That’s why we work individually and confidentially with each survivor to tailor a plan that meets her needs.
Supporting survivors every step of the way.
Supporting those who have experienced abuse is at the core of everything we do. We mainly support women and children, but our community services also extend to men.
Domestic abuse and violence against women and girls will only end when we create gender equality. Refuge is committed to a world where domestic abuse and violence against women and girls is not tolerated, and where women and children can live in safety.
A glance at what we did during the COVID-19 lockdown…
In a period unlike any other, when many at-risk women and children were forced into lockdown and isolation with their abusers due to COVID-19, Refuge stepped up to meet the unprecedented need for support.
We maintained a place of safety for women and children:
- 48 refuges
- 22 local authorities
- 348 units of accommodation
And despite COVID-19 restrictions, we delivered results:
- 109 risk assessments attended
- 519 perpetrators charged
- 157 guilty verdicts
Traffic to our Helpline website remains well above pre-pandemic levels:
- 10,500 average visits per month in Jan-Mar 2020
- 73,600 average visits per month in Apr 2020 – Feb 202
So we launched a live chat service to meet the demands and offer a silent, real-time alternative to survivors who don’t feel safe calling on the phone.