Women's refuges & helpline
Our women's refuges are purpose built for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence or living in fear of a partner or family member.
They provide a safe and compassionate environment where lives can be rebuilt.
We also manage the domestic abuse helpline for people South Ribble and Chorley and we work with partners in the community to provide free training in domestic abuse for professionals. For more information, please click here.
What is domestic abuse?
It is the abuse of a partner within an intimate or family relationship and the use of intimidation to control someone. It can be physical, psychological, financial or sexual.
What happens at the refuges?
When abuse victims arrive they are often very low on confidence and are unable to see how the future will pan out for them.
More than just a home for people who have been suffering from abuse, our refuges offer a safe and supportive environment that allow people to learn how to live independently again.
They aim to rebuild confidence by providing emotional support and get people’s lives back on track by giving practical help with things like benefits, employment and housing.
What should I do if I or someone I know is suffering domestic abuse?
If you are suffering from abuse at home or you know someone who is, please call our domestic abuse helpline to speak to an advisor in confidence on 01772 435865. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please note that in life-threatening or dangerous situations you must always contact the Police first.
Covering your tracks
If you are concerned that your visit to this or other websites might be tracked by your partner, please click here for advice.
Making a personal safety plan
A personal safety plan is a way of helping you to protect yourself and your children. It helps you plan in advance for the possibility of future violence and abuse. It also helps you to think about how you can increase your safety either within the relationship, or if you decide to leave. Please click here for more information.
Women experiencing domestic abuse can also contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 to talk in strict confidence and to get advice.
Men experiencing domestic violence can contact the Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.
- Homeless due to Domestic Violence
- Womens Aid
- South Ribble Council housing advice
- Preston housing advice
Lancashire Refuges is our countywide domestic abuse support service in partnership with Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA), The Liberty Centre in West Lancs and Progress Housing Group in South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuge.
Together, we offer a wider level of immediate support to victims of domestic abuse with a single point of access to accept referrals from across Lancashire, in Burnley, Pendle, Lancaster, Preston, Wyre, Fylde, Leyland, Chorley and Skelmersdale.