What is a Refuge?
“Boston Refuge exists for the benefit of all women, with or without children, who are experiencing domestic abuse which prevents them from living safely in their own home.”
The Refuge is a safe house where a women and her children (if she has them) can stay for as long as they need to get them away from danger. It is where she can choose to share her experiences with other women who know how it feels and get much needed support from the staff and other residents.
Boston Refuge offers a breathing space where decisions about the future can be made free from pressure and fear. It is home for women and children while they are staying with us and it is the place where they rediscover their self-esteem and independence.
The workers at the Refuge provide a listening ear, information on benefits, legal rights, housing, etc., practical help and emotional support for the women. There is also a specialist Child Support Worker to support the children through therapeutic play. We will also help you to get your children into local schools.
The refuge is a house that you will share with up to 3 other families. You have your own bedroom for your family but share the kitchen, lounge and bathroom with other families. You will be expected to cook for yourself and your children, keep your unit cleaned and share the cleaning of the communal areas. It is up to you and the other residents whether or not you share cooking or eat together at mealtimes. We provide a washing machine and tumble dryer for the families to use.
How can I get a place in the refuge?
Referrals can be taken from professionals (social workers / police etc) or you can refer yourself. Telephone the helpline on 01205 311272. You will be asked some simple questions so that we can make sure that this is safe for you to stay with us.
What should I bring?
Any paperwork that you feel is important or cannot easily be replaced – passport/driving license / birth certificates, child benefit / dss letters / photo graphs. Your child may have a particular small toy/teddy that they treasure and take to bed with them. We provide bedding and towels, but you are free to bring your own if you choose.. However, some people are not able to bring anything. BWA have a small amount of clothing that you can help yourself to, and we also have a selection of toiletries available.