Charity information


Refuge opened the world’s first safe house for women and children fleeing domestic violence in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. On any given day we now support over 2,800 women and children.

Founded 1979

  • Mission statement

    Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner. One woman in four will experience abuse in her lifetime. Every day Refuge, the national domestic violence charity, witnesses the results of these harrowing statistics: the black eyes, broken bones and bruises, the shattered confidence and self-esteem. We see women and children whose lives are terrorised by violence and intimidation.

    Every day Refuge supports over 2,800 women and children in its refuges and community outreach schemes across the country. Founded in 1971, we have grown from a small charity, operating the world’s first safe house in Chiswick, West London, to become the country’s largest single provider of emergency accommodation and specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. We need funding if we are to continue our life-saving and life-changing work, as many of our services are totally reliant on voluntary income.

    Support Refuge today, and make a tangible difference to the thousands of women and children living in the terrifying grip of domestic violence.

  • Aims

    Refuge aims to:

    • To advance public education and understanding of the issues of domestic violence throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
    • To provide for the relief of women and their children who have been physically, sexually and emotionally and/or mentally abused within an intimate or "family" relationship throughout the UK.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1979

    Registered Charity Number: 277424

    Phone number: 020 7395 7724

    Address: International House 1, St Katharine's Way London E1W 1UN

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