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Independent on Sunday appeal

 Change a life this Christmas

Help Refuge support thousands of women and children escaping domestic violence over the festive period

 

The Independent on Sunday has chosen Refuge for the Christmas appeal 2012. With your support, Refuge can change lives and save lives this Christmas.

This design was created by a child in one of our refuges

How your donation could help

  • £10 can pay for an hour-long activity session for a group of children living in a refuge
  • £30 can enable an independent domestic violence advocate to work with a woman to create a plan to keep her safe
  • £100 can fund a local support group session for ten women who have experienced domestic violence
  • £350 could pay for a training workshop for 20 women, helping them to enter employment and regain their independence
  • £500 could help pay for 3 women and their children to access a place of safety in a refuge, giving them the time and space to start rebuilding their lives
  • £2,500 could help support specialist domestic violence services for approximately 5 women and their children from minority ethnic groups.  Women and children from minority ethnic groups often face a different set of pressures and can find it difficult to access mainstream services
  • About Refuge

    Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. Since then, we’ve grown to become the country’s largest provider of specialist domestic violence services. On any given day we support 2,000 women and children.

    Our services

    There is no single package of services to meet those needs – no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Refuge offers a range of services which gives women and children access to professional support whatever their situation.

  • Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation through our national network of refuges
  • We offer community based outreach services for women still living with domestic violence
  • Our team of independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs) support women at the highest risk of serious harm or injury
  • We provide culturally specific services for minority ethnic women who face additional barriers escaping domestic violence
  • Child support workers based in our refuges provide one-to-one and group support for children
  • Refuge runs the National Domestic Violence Helpline in partnership with Women’s Aid
  • At the Gaia Centre, a pioneering new service in Lambeth, Refuge works to address all forms of gender violence
  • Refuge also runs award winning campaigns to raise public awareness of the issue and lobbies for better provision for women and children experiencing domestic violence
  • Please give generously

    Image created by a child staying in a refuge

    Refuge has led the campaign against domestic violence for over forty years. But to keep our doors open in 2013, we need your help.

    Please give as much as you can to the Independent on Sunday appeal. 

     You can also donate by sending a cheque or postal order to Refuge, International House, 1 St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1UN, or by calling 020 7395 7710.

    You can support Refuge’s life-changing, life-saving work for many Christmases to come by setting up a regular gift.

    On behalf of all the women and children Refuge is supporting this Christmas – thank you

    Raising money for

    Refuge

    Refuge

    Charity Registration No. 277424

    Refuge is a national charity for women and children who experience domestic violence, providing emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support. Since opening the world's first women's safe house in London in 1971, Refuge has grown to become the UK's largest organisation of its kind, helping and supporting women and children experiencing domestic violence and acting as a national 'lifeline' for up to 80,000 victims of domestic abuse every year.

    Donations 62

    Such a worthwhile cause to support. Thanks IoS for picking up on this.

    Donation by J CHRISTOPHERSON on 03/01/13

    A charity well worth supporting.

    Donation by steve pottinger on 02/01/13

    £30.00

    + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Heartbreaking to hear women and children being so badly abused.

    Donation by Christine on 31/12/12

    £30.00

    + £7.50 Gift Aid

    a vital cause to support - thank you IOS

    Donation by Stella Hilary Belden on 24/12/12

    Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/12

    £25.00

    + £6.25 Gift Aid

    Donation by Stuart Wilson on 24/12/12

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Donation by Anonymous on 21/12/12

    This is just one of the many horrors that need to be tackled.

    Donation by lyndon edwards on 20/12/12

    £30.00

    + £7.50 Gift Aid

    text donation

    Donation by Anonymous on 20/12/12

    £10.00

    via sms

    This has to be so important - wish more could be done. Keep up the good work

    Donation by Sue on 19/12/12

    £30.00

    + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Donation by John Easterling on 18/12/12

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

    Donation by Anonymous on 17/12/12

    £35.00

    + £8.75 Gift Aid

    Donation by Anonymous on 17/12/12

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    No Christmas cards this year, these people need the money more than my friends and family need another card. Be good to each other in 2013.

    Donation by Kendall Green on 14/12/12

    Donation by Sarah Stanbridge on 13/12/12

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    Donation by Anonymous on 11/12/12

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

    Donation by Anonymous on 11/12/12

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    Donation by Katie Przybyl on 10/12/12

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Donation by Ruth on 10/12/12

    £100.00

    + £25.00 Gift Aid

    Donation by Lucy Elwell on 09/12/12

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    Donation by Anonymous on 09/12/12

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Donation by Mary Barry on 09/12/12

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Donation by Alexa on 09/12/12

    £100.00

    + £25.00 Gift Aid

    I have escaped now but I will never forget living in fear and wish you all the best with your appeal. Keep up the good work.

    Donation by Anonymous on 09/12/12

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Donation by jennifer ashard on 09/12/12

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    Donation summary

    • * Online donations£2,456.99
    • Offline donations£0.00
    • Text donations£15.00
    • Total raised£2,471.99
    • Gift Aid£534.25

    * Charities pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.