What is a refuge?

Please note - the refuge on the Isle of Wight is now run by YouFirst - contact them on 0800 234 6266

A refuge is a safe house for women and children who are escaping from domestic abuse and violence. The address is confidential and no visitors are allowed in the building. It is a place where women and children can start the next phase of their lives, whilst feeling safe and secure.  Refuge staff, who understand what the families have been through,  will provide practical and emotional support. Every woman in the refuge is escaping abuse, which often means they can share their experiences and be supportive of each other. 


How can I access Wight DASH services?

For WOW! contact 01983 300423 and for anything else 01983 825981. If you are in Newport call in to WOW! and see what is on offer and have a chat with our friendly team.

Our new service, offering intensive support in the community for women who are facing challenges of all sorts in their lives launches very soon.

Some of the things we can help with as part of the new service are shown below.

  • Budgeting and welfare benefits

  • Accessing health services

  • Finding nurseries and schools

  • Signposting to other local resources

  • Accessing local community and cultural services

  • Gaining legal advice, including accompanying to appointments and court

  • Safety planning

  • Training, education and employment

  • Help in finding a safe new home

  • Emotional support - making sense of your experience


Wherever you are on the Island

We are here for you

Outreach / community based support

Regardless of your situation, we are here to help you. You may still be in a relationship and have concerns about it, you may have reached the point where you want to leave but you do not know what your options are. Perhaps you left the relationship a while ago but continue to be affected by it. We can meet with you wherever is convenient. We will need to take some personal information from you and will need your consent to do that.  We will then carry out an assessment of both your need and risk and together we can work out what is the best support for you. We will never tell you what to do, we can explore the choices open to you and give you the information you need to make the best choice for you. If you would like support to attend meetings, get legal advice or attend court we will do all that we can to meet those needs to.  To find out more ring us on 01983 825981. If we are unable to answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you.