Cornwall has 3 refuges for women and children and 1 refuge for men and children fleeing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence.

The refuges in Cornwall can accommodate up to approx. 25 women and 34 children  and  5 men and 10 children at any one time; although this figure can vary depending on the specific needs and vulnerabilities that residents may be faced with.

Cornwall’s refuge provision for women and children is delivered by West Cornwall Women’s Aid and LiveWest, with Cornwall Refuge Trust providing refuge to women and children and men and children in separate houses.

In 2017 there were 3,810 refuge spaces, for women, in England, and only 20 spaces for men; despite men reporting 149,248 incidents of domestic abuse to the police in the same year.

Cornwall is one of the few places in the country that has any provision of accommodation services for men fleeing domestic abuse.

Cornwall Refuge Trust has been providing safe accommodation and working to support and safeguard men, and their children, experiencing domestic abuse and violence, at Norda House, for over 5 years.

Our local refuges can offer safe, secure, comfortable and well equipped accommodation where women, men and children can access emotional and practical support from specialised staff, while safely recovering from the trauma and abuse they have experienced at the hands of partners, ex-partners and/or family members.

How to access refuge:

If you or someone you know needs to access a safe and secure place, to stay and recover while you flee or leave an abusive partner, ex partner or family member, contact Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly’s Integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service, Safer Futures. Safer Futures works with all of the local domestic abuse and sexual violence services and will assist you in accessing refuge and other services:

Helpline: 0300 777 4777

Delivered by First Light & Barnardos 


If you are in immediate danger call the police on 999, or 101 in a non-emergency, who will also be able to help with accessing refuge and other domestic abuse and sexual violence services.



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