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    24hr National Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 2000 247

    Manchester Domestic Violence helpline: 0161 636 7525

    call us: 0161 477 4271 .... don't suffer in silence
    Safe, warm, child friendly, supporting, welcoming

    What is a refuge?

    Stockport Without Abuse (formerly Stockport Women's Aid) has a purpose built refuge building providing accomodation for women and children.

    A refuge is a safe, confidential house that provides emergency accomodation for women and children who are getting out of an abusive relationship. There are bedspaces for single women and those with children - although some refuges have different rules about accepting male children over a certain age.

    There are a network of refuges across the country, all of them different - different numbers of rooms, some with shared rooms, some are little, some are big. SWA’s refuge is bigger than most, and though it can never be the perfect home, we do our best to make sure it is warm, comfortable, friendly and safe.

    Women come from different areas into refuges, as often it isn’t safe for them to stay in their local area as they can be recognised and traced back to the refuge. A refuge address has to remain confidential for the safety of all the residents and the people that work there.  All refuges keep the safety of the residents at the heart of everything they do, and have strict policies around confidentiality.

    Women can call us and refer themselves, or use the form on this site. They can call either the National or local Mancheser helpline who will find help bedspace for them and their children.
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