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Refuge provision

A refuge is a safe house for female and male survivors and children escaping domestic abuse.

Refuges in Cheshire West and Chester

We commission a service for survivors and their children who are experiencing domestic abuse.

WHAG (Formerly Womans Housing Action Group)

What can WHAG offer

  • Women and men can be referred to WHAG. Support is offered to access short term accommodation in either our refuge or one of our safe properties. Men will be offered a place in a safe property within the community. The refuge is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and if space is available women can move in at any time.
  • A support worker will work with clients who are accommodated to look at their options. They will offer practical and emotional support for making and implementing decisions about the future (sorting out benefits, schools, GPs/health visitors, contacting legal services, liaising with housing departments).
  • Resettlement support is also available for clients as they move on.


The addresses of refuges are secret - (a PO box address is used for post). There are refuges all over the UK. If space is available people can stay anywhere that they feel safe and comfortable. This may be the nearest one or it might be the opposite end of the country.