Northampton Women’s Aid currently provide refuge services in Northampton, Daventry, Corby and Kettering and access to these services can be made through contacting the Advice Centre on 0845 123 2311.

What to expect coming into refuge

Moving into an unfamiliar environment, leaving personal possessions behind and having to share accommodation with others is a very difficult time for everyone.  Life in refuge is not easy; it is an alien environment, not knowing how long it will be before you are re-housed, or waiting whilst occupation orders are obtained to enable victims to return to their own homes.  Alongside this parents have to cope with the anxieties of their children leaving their familiar environment and extended family, not knowing when appropriate school places will be available.

Support staff endeavour to identify how victims feel and they are committed to making refuge a nice space to live in, supporting residents to move forward in their lives, helping victims to regain their self esteem and confidence, often with no support from family or friends.

When a family moves into refuge a comprehensive support plan is provided and is centred around “Every Child Matters”.  Areas of support include:

  • Staying Safe
  • Being Healthy
  • Economic Wellbeing
  • Enjoying and Achieving
  • Making a Positive Contribution

Support staff have a broad depth of knowledge to ensure families can access all services to ensure new skills are learnt, helping families move forward in their lives and enabling them to live a life free from abuse and fear.

We make every effort to keep the exact location of refuges secret and male visitors are not allowed.

I have arrived with nothing

On occasions women and their children will flee domestic violence quickly and as a result will have no personal possessions with them at all.  Don’t worry, the basics can be provided and support staff will work with you to seek financial support and recover your possessions if necessary.

How long can I stay in refuge?

Some women stay only a few days, others for a few months whilst they wait for accommodation in a new community.  Our refuge gives you temporary accommodation while we help you to find somewhere more permanent. 


If you need refuge from an abusive relationship call 0845 123 2311 DA12