Who we are


We have been providing safe and supportive refuge in Ipswich since 1976.


We also offer a range of community services and courses to support women, young people and children to rebuild their lives after domestic abuse.


Our People

Our mission

‘Our mission is to support and empower women, young people and children affected by domestic abuse or violence’


Our Aim

‘We aim to do this by raising awareness, providing a safe, supportive environment and by developing and implementing preventative and therapeutic services’

What we do


Women’s Centre: We run a women, young people and children’s centre in central Ipswich. This is a service for Suffolk and is open to all women, young people and children. The centre provides a one-stop shop of advice and information for women, young people and children (particularly those who are suffering or have suffered domestic abuse), whilst presenting an opportunity for all women, young people and children across the county to develop new skills and come together within a safe and caring environment.


We support all women, young people and children welcoming them to our centre and encouraging them to use our facilities to promote their independence and raise their confidence. Our staff are on hand to provide any support and information that may be required.


Our services are free, confidential and non-judgemental.

Refuge Services: We provide refuge accommodation to offer a safe, supported environment for women and their children requiring an emergency temporary home when they leave an abusive partner or family member.


We support women to access other agencies including help with accessing benefits, seek housing, registering with doctors, health visitors, antenatal care and legal advice. Welfare staff will help women and children to settle into refuge and regain their self esteem with daily support and sign posting to appropriate services and well being opportunities locally.


Our children’s service team will assist with the admission of children to schools and nursery places. They work one to one with the children to help them recover from the effects of domestic abuse and hold therapeutic play sessions. They will also provide childcare to enable mums to attend appointments.


Our resettlement team will be ready to help and support women and children when they feel ready to move on from refuge.




For Advice: 01473 228 270


Our helpline provides advice and support to women
experiencing domestic abuse.


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