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Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.

We aim to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear. We provide a range of life-saving and life-changing services, and a voice for the voiceless.


Refuge believes that domestic violence and violence against women and girls will only ever come to an end when the Government adopts a fully-funded national strategy that is underpinned with adequate commitment to provision, prevention and protection.

In support of this approach, Refuge operates a three-pronged strategy across its strands of work. Refuge provides high-quality services for women and children who have experienced violence; protects women by advocating for a strong criminal justice response to perpetrators; and prevents future violence through education, training and awareness-raising.

Find out more about Refuge’s 3P approach here.

hub thumb 180 x 328Provision: what makes our services special?

Refuge does not just follow best practice; it creates best practice. Find out more about what makes Refuge a specialist service provider here, including how we measure the impact our support has on women and children.

Protection and prevention: how does Refuge affect change?

Refuge campaigns for changes to the way the State responds to domestic and gender based violence victims and perpetrators, so that women and children are better protected. It also prevents future abuse by raising awareness of violence against women and girls. Find out more here.