A stronger future

Whilst our roots go back to the world’s first ever safe house in Chiswick, times have changed and will continue to change at pace. Survivors’ and society’s expectations have evolved, and we now provide non-refuge support through our outplacement services, tech abuse support, and a helpline (including chat).

We believe ever more fundamental change needs to be actively considered, and we want Refuge to be recognised as the vanguard of innovation alongside others in the sector. The aim we all share is to eliminate domestic abuse, driving the transformation of response to domestic abuse in this country so that it will be fit for the next 50 years.

There is considerable change coming as the Domestic Abuse Bill takes its journey through the House of Lords. Never before has there been so much potential coupled with the heightened awareness and challenges of domestic abuse through the COVID-19 pandemic.

These changes cannot be effective without considerable collaboration across the VAWG sector, and our new Chief Executive will demonstrate exceptional leadership in collaboration with the sector and adjacent sectors, and champion the same behaviours throughout Refuge.

The extent of domestic abuse has become clear to many more people since the start of lockdown, and our fundraising team has been enormously successful in turning that higher public awareness into greater individual (and other types of) giving. We have a responsibility to ensure we maximise the long-term benefit of every pound we’re entrusted with; and in the context of severe pressure on resources, we must continue to focus on income.