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Refuge is pleased to announce the Home Office has awarded Refuge a grant of £1.2 million to run the National Domestic Violence Helpline from November 2019 to March 2022. Refuge has run the National Domestic Violence Helpline since 2003, in partnership with Women’s Aid. Last year, the Home Office re-tendered the service and Women’s Aid decided to bid independently. Following a competitive process, Refuge was awarded the contract to continue running the helpline. Refuge will run the Helpline in partnership with Women’s Aid until 31 October 2019, from which point the service will be run by Refuge only. Callers will … Continue reading

Refuge has played an essential role in influencing the content of the Domestic Abuse Bill and continues to campaign for the changes our front line staff and the survivors we support tell us they need. The Government’s stated objective for the Bill is to transform the response to domestic abuse – which Refuge is fully behind. However, we are concerned that the Bill in its current form focuses too much on the justice system and policing, leaving out swathes of policy areas that need reform in order to better protect, and meet the needs of, survivors. Listening to the survivors … Continue reading

Refuge, one of 30 women’s groups today wrote to Conservative Party leader candidates Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson asking them to make specific pledges to tackle domestic and sexual violence if they become the next Prime Minister. The organisations, who work supporting survivors of all forms of violence against women and girls across the UK, are asking Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson to: Ensure the draft Domestic Violence Bill becomes law and is delivered; Renew the cross-government Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy from 2020 onwards – this includes life-saving work from ensuring hospital there are domestic violence workers in A&E departments, to advising … Continue reading

The Joint Pre-Legislative Domestic Abuse Bill Committee, a group of MPs and peers who are responsible for scrutinising the draft Domestic Abuse Bill published by the Government earlier this year, today published its report and recommendations to the Government. We are delighted that the Committee has listened to Refuge, and has made some strong recommendations to the Government. Gendered definition of domestic abuse The draft domestic abuse Bill will define domestic abuse in law for the first time. As this will be an important awareness and understanding raising tool, the Committee took lots of evidence on this issue and debated … Continue reading

Earlier this year, a team from HMP East Sutton Park in Kent took on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Refuge. In just three days, Stacey, John, Jo and Matt beat Great Britain’s three highest peaks and raised £3,000 – as if that were not enough, they even found time to write a blog about their adventure. Ben Nevis We began our ascent at 7am after an overnight stop in Carlisle. The track up Ben Nevis mainly consists of rocky steps made for people with exceptionally long legs, which none of us have! Despite our early battles with … Continue reading

The Corporate Fundraising team has been celebrating a summer of successes led by our fabulous corporate partners – Avon, Benefit, The White Company and Scamp and Dude. Benefit’s Bold is Beautiful Benefit Cosmetics’ Bold is Beautiful campaign raised a staggering £297,603 this year for its two charities Refuge and Look Good Feel Better. This could pay for more than 2,800 nights in a refuge for a woman and her children experiencing domestic violence. Throughout May, Benefit waxed 44,545 eyebrows, raised almost £26,000 across three pink pop-up shops (which saw over 10,000 customers walk through their doors), and head office staff … Continue reading

From jumping 10,000ft in a tandem skydive to dusting off her walking boots for Walk4, former Hounslow Mayor Sue Sampson surpassed her year-long fundraising target in aid of Refuge, beyond all expectations. Cllr. Sampson, who was Mayor of Hounslow between 2017 and 2018, has long been an active supporter of Refuge; her sister Maureen was fatally shot at her place of work by her estranged husband in 1976, aged just 23 years old. The tragedy happened when Cllr. Sampson was only eight years old and inspired her to later campaign against domestic violence. With Refuge’s 47-year history rooted in Hounslow, … Continue reading

Refuge is pleased to receive positive feedback from Dr Ravi K.Thiara in her independent evaluation of our services which received funding between 2016-18 under the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Domestic Abuse Fund. The report concluded that the funding – applied for in conjunction with partner local authorities – enabled Refuge to add additional capacity to six of its services and in some cases saved them from closure. Increased staffing capacity led to more support being given to women with a wide range of complex needs, whilst also reducing caseloads of already established teams. All of the … Continue reading

2018 opened with an amazing show of support from our corporate partners. We have been working on exciting projects in support of women and children with a wide variety of brands, including Venetian restaurateurs Polpo, home improvement retailer Homebase and Bunnings, and the fabulous cosmetics company, Benefit. Read all about the fantastic projects we have been working on below.

Bold is Beautiful with Benefit

Benefit Bold is Beautiful logo. Photo credit: Benefit

Our Bold is Beautiful (BiB) project, in partnership with Benefit Cosmetics, works to empower women and girls, and has just finished for the fifth year running. BiB supports both the work of Refuge and Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), a charity that helps women and teenagers manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment.

The Benefit team hosted three pink pop-up shops in May across London, Glasgow and Cardiff, with a whole host of products available to buy. These items were donated by amazing brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Aspinal of London and Puma, and all profits will be split equally between Refuge and LGFB.

Benefit will also be donating 100% of all money raised through their eyebrow waxes to us and LGFB throughout May.

Plane tickets to San Francisco, a pair of sunglasses and a pair of flip flops on a pink background.

Tickets to San Francisco. Photo credit: Benefit

And if that wasn’t enough, they also launched a Bold is Beautiful eBay store, full of fanciful pink items which were auctioned to the public, including return flights for two to San Francisco, as well as a pink Vespa!

You can catch up with Benefit’s #BoldIsBeautiful updates on their Instagram page.

Homebase and Bunnings’ in-store activities

Refuge banner and balloons

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday, home improvement retailer and garden centre Homebase and Bunnings supported Refuge in its stores across England and Northern Ireland by working to raise public awareness of domestic violence against women and children.

Each shop organised their own fundraising activities in-store with the aim of engaging their Homebase and Bunnings customers to learn about Refuge’s work.

From delicious cake sales to kids’ face painting, the fabulous in-store teams raised a grand total of £15,944.26 – an amazing result! Thank you to all Homebase and Bunnings staff and customers who took part.

Polpo Women’s Month

A graphic with a floral pattern, with the text Mese Della Donna Women's Month

Mese Della Donna Women’s Month graphic. Photo credit: Polpo

In March we celebrated Mese Della Donna – Italian for Women’s Month – with our partners, Polpo, the Venetian restaurant.

Polpo donated £1 from each of their five specials dishes throughout March and raised almost £5,000 for RefugeA huge thank you to everyone involved. 

Following on from this fantastic month-long activity, we are delighted to announce that Polpo will be extending their partnership with Refuge for a further six months. From 28 May, Polpo will be donating £1 from one of their delicious desserts to Refuge.

Watch this space for more events and staff fundraising efforts.

Partner with Refuge

If your organisation is interested in partnering with Refuge, please get in touch with the fundraising team for more information.

Ellen* was living in one of our refuges with her two children when her former partner happened to ‘bump into’ them – she had no idea how they had been found. She had recently left him after years of physical abuse, harassment, abusive language and monitoring of her activities, including regularly checking her bank account and building up debt in her name. It was after speaking to her key worker that Ellen realised that he must have accessed her emails via her home computer to track her whereabouts. With the support of her tech advocate, Ellen soon identified other ways … Continue reading