refuge thin 1A refuge is a safe place to stay. It gives women, children and young people a breathing space away from abuse. It is temporary (short-term). How long someone stays depends on what they need.

  • Shakti Women’s Aid has refuge consisting of four self-contained flats  in Edinburgh which can accommodate single women and women with children. We can also help find refuge for BME women through Women’s Aid refuges in Fife, Falkirk, Stirling, Dundee and Perth.
  • If we do not have space, or a woman prefers, we can help arrange other safe housing through councils and housing associations.
  • We can help women to find refuge in other areas of the UK.

We support women, children and young people while they are living in refuge and other types of temporary housing, and also through the changes of moving in and out of these.

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