• A refuge is a safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence. The address is confidential and no men are allowed in the building. A refuge is a place where women can be sure they are safe, and where they can access emotional and practical support from staff who understand what they have been through.
  • Every woman in the refuge is escaping abuse, meaning they can share their experiences and offer each other support … (about /what we do 1/2).

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About /what we do 2/2: … We recognise that some women may wish to live in refuges sensitive to their cultural needs or preferences. Some of our refuges are specifically for women from particular ethnic or cultural backgrounds. 

View more about our culturally specific refuges.

If you would like to go to a refuge, but are nervous about what to expect, reading the true stories of a few women who have contacted Refuge will help you.

Who can go to a refuge?

  • Any woman who has experienced domestic violence – emotional or physical – can go to a refuge, with or without children.

More than a roof over a woman’s head

  • Women can arrive at a refuge in shock from their experiences. They may have lived with abuse for months or years and become isolated from family and friends. Even knowing you are safe does not make the transition to life in a new environment easy.
  • Staff in all our refuges are there to support women both practically and emotionally. They understand the trauma women have experienced and are there to listen. Where funding is available women also have access to our psychologists who can provide ongoing emotional support. There is also peer support – which can sometimes be the most beneficial support a woman can receive.

In practical terms refuge workers can assist in many areas: … (full text).


Commissariat général aux réfugiés et aux apatrides CGRA, Belgique, et dans wikipedia;

Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides OFPRA, et dans wikipedia;

Immigration aux États-Unis, Réfugiés et droit d’asile dans wikipedia;

Rapport d’information sur la politique européenne d’asile, par Thierry Mariani;

Le règlement Européenne, Dublin II;

Droit d’asile dans l’Union européenne, dans wikipedia;

Haut Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés, Genève, et dans wikpedia.

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