There are a number of refuges located across Surrey that act as safe houses in secret locations for women and their children fleeing from abuse and violence. However, refuges offer those fleeing domestic abuse much more than simply accommodation – they also provide access to therapeutic support by specialist workers, to help individuals recover from the harm they have experienced, and rebuild family bonds with children.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner supports refuges through various funding streams, including:
£20,000 to help refuges provide specialist children’s service to help families recover from the abuse they have experienced. Group play, one to one work and creative activities will help children adapt to being away from other family members, home, school, their belongings and friends.
£25,000 to provide families attending refuges with a pack of basic living essentials on arrival and that they can take with them when they move on to independent living. Often families fleeing domestic abuse arrive at the refuge with nothing having left personal belongings behind. The fund will supply items such as new bedding, towels, kitchen ware and toiletries.