Cheshire Without Abuse provides crisis accommodation via a refuge for women and children escaping domestic abuse.

A refuge is a confidential address, allowing you to be safe for one night, up to 12 months. Here, specialist workers will help you adjust to your situation and rebuild your future. CWA can provide specialist support for families who have additional needs such as mental health, substance misuse and/or learning difficulties.

For more information about refuge accommodation, please call CWA 24 hours a day on 01270 250390

Accessing the Refuge Service

If you are in immediate danger you may be eligible for refuge accommodation. Please contact the above number to apply

When you apply CWA will take a referral which may take up to 45 minutes to complete. After this a decision will be made. If you meet the eligibility criteria and there is accommodation available you will be accepted.

Priority is given to people living locally. CWA will take referrals from third parties, such as the police or social services, but a decision to access any crisis support service will not be made until we have spoken to the service user directly. CWA is sensitive to all cultural and other differences.

Staying in refuge

Staying in a refuge can be very difficult. You have to keep the address confidential and abide by a licence agreement and rules. The rules are there to keep everyone safe. On arrival you will be given a key worker. You will have weekly meetings with her and a support plan will be drawn up to look at your individual support needs. She will work with you to help you find safe, permanent accommodation back in the community.

In refuge, other help will also be available to you, including:

  • Family support
  • Parenting support
  • Counselling
  • Children and young people’s support
  • Solicitors appointments
  • Resettlement support
  • Risk assessments and risk management plans
  • Referrals to other support services
  • 24 hour, on call, emergency service

Children in refuge

Children and young people will be given special support to help them adapt to their new environment and to overcome the effects of living with domestic abuse. 

English as an additional language

If English is not your first language, or if you are referring a non-English speaker please let us know. Interpreters may be available.