A refuge is a safe house for survivors and children escaping domestic abuse.
Refuges in Cheshire West and Chester
Cheshire West and Chester has one commissioned service for survivors and their children who are experiencing domestic abuse:
Women's Housing Action Group
What can WHAG offer
- Women and men can be referred to the refuge and we can offer support in accessing short term accommodation in either our refuge or one of the dispersed properties. Men will only be offered a place in a dispersed property. The refuge is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and if space is availble women can move in at any time.
- Whilst staying the support worker will work with clients to look at their options. They will be offered 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.
- Recognised DV programs are delivered in the community
Cheshire Without Abuse (CWA)
Cheshire Without Abuse is a non-commissioned refuge service:
What can Cheshire Without Abuse offer
CWA offer advice, support, information and accommodation to individuals and their families.
National 24 hour helpline
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 women 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.