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


You're in safe hands

WightDASH – formerly the Isle of Wight Women’s Refuge, supports women and children who are experiencing domestic violence via a wide range of services including refuge, community outreach programmes, advocacy and the Freedom Programme. 

Our telephone line is answered 24 hours a day, every day and we give practical advice and support over the phone. Our refuge provides emergency accommodation and we have specialist staff on hand to provide support and we can assist with guidance for women going through civil and criminal court cases. Of course, some women may not choose to leave their home and so our outreach workers will meet women in a safe place to discuss their plans and provide emotional support. Initially please telephone 01983 825981.



" Our aim is to advise and ensure that women have the help and information they need to escape domestic violence and to provide on- going services to support their decision. 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 our helpline number 01983 825981. If there is a room available we will run through a referral form to make sure we can meet the needs of the woman and any children she has with her "