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A family safe in our York refuge

There are refuges throughout the country offering emergency accommodation and support to those who are escaping domestic abuse.

Our refuge in York is a purpose built facility. It has different sized bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, communal kitchens, a lounge and playroom. It can accommodate up to 10 women with or without children.  We also run a refuge in Harrogate.  This accommodates up to 8 families and includes two self-contained flats one of which is fully wheelchair accessible.

“I was worried before I came into refuge as I didn’t know what to expect but it’s lovely and all the people are friendly.”

Both refuges are open to women and children and we take referrals from agencies as well as individuals.

Unfortunately neither of our refuges is able to accommodate male victims but we are able to find emergency accommodation for men if they need to escape violence.

Whilst in one of our refuges, you and your children will be able to get support to overcome the effects of abuse. We will also help you with benefits, schools, legal issues and housing.

All the costs of providing this support are paid for by the local authority.  However every refuge makes some charges for things like lighting, heating, security and so.  The costs of this vary but are never more than you would pay in your own home.

If you are not safe in York or Harrogate or if we are full, we will find you other safe accommodation.

“Without this Refuge and the staff that have supported me on my journey, I wouldn’t be able to have hope for a better life for me and my son.  I will look back at my time here as the time I took back my life and it would not be possible without places like this. I will be forever thankful.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, BBC Children in Need, Leading Light Accreditation by Safe Lives