Domestic abuse is a gendered issue, which is deeply rooted in the societal inequality between women and men.


You're in safe hands

Wight DASH – formerly the Isle of Wight Women’s Refuge, supports women who are experiencing difficult times in their lives. With effect from 1st October 2018, we no longer run the refuge or IDVA service. These can be accessed by calling You Trust on 0800 234 6266. In an emergency you should contact the police.

Wight DASH can still assist you in finding refuge space anywhere in the country.

We will continue to offer our usual programme of activities at WOW! - see our latest timetable on the WOW! tab. We will continue to offer our usual range of group programmes (Freedom, Recovery Toolkit and POWER) and we will have some new ones starting up soon - more details to come on those soon. To find out more you can message via the website or Facebook or call 01983 825981. (This line is no longer monitored 24 hours a day)

Although the range of services that we offer is changing, Wight DASH will continue to offer support to women in the community - our new service, called Be The Change, launches soon.

We remain an organisation determined to address the difficulties that domestic abuse, poor mental health, substance misuse, loneliness and isolation and many other factors, cause to women in our community. We are an Island charity, working for all women on the Island.



" Our aim is to advise and ensure that those experiencing domestic abuse and facing other difficulties, have the support and information they need to escape domestic violence and to provide on- going services to support their decisions. We have highly qualified staff on hand to respond to the individual needs of every woman and child and to strive towards the best possible outcome, whatever their situation. "


Robert Thompson, Chef

" The Island is very special place for me and it’s somewhere that makes me feel happy, inspired and safe. The Refuge is so important as it plays a vital role in supporting women and children who aren't as fortunate. "

Rob da Bank, DJ and Bestival founder

" No one should have to put up with domestic abuse whatever your situation and I salute theRefuge for providing a safe space for women and children on the Island. Please do what you can to support it. "

Edana Minghella

" This is the reality of life for many. The need for support, safety, trust and humanity has never been greater. I'm proud to support Isle of Wight Women's Refuge in its vital work on the Island."


" If a woman is looking for a refuge space on the Isle of Wight they can contact You Trust on 0800 234 6266.