Refuge: Safe Place to Stay

A Refuge is safe temporary accommodation where women with or without children can live free from abuse and have time and space to recover.  We have 36 spaces throughout South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire with a range of property types and size.  Refuges are fully furnished and equipped with all household items.

All WASLER accommodation is single unit type properties as we have moved away from the shared/communal accommodation. This has been a very positive move for WASLER as it has allowed us to support the hard to reach women who may suffer from additional or complex issues, but also to offer accommodation to women who do not want to share with other families.

Refuge offers safety, support, the opportunity to share experiences and overcome isolation.  In the Refuge you will not be judged or blamed for the abuse. Our aim is to empower and enable women to become survivors by regaining control over their lives, re build their confidence and self worth, make informed choices and to move on to a life free from fear.

Women living in Refuge will have their own support worker who will provide emotional support and practical help with many issues such as help with benefit claims, information on housing options, legal rights and getting help from other agencies. Children and young people living in Refuge are supported by specialist workers from our Children and Young People’s Support Team.

If a woman is experiencing domestic abuse she can refer for refuge. A woman can self refer by contacting our East Kilbride office. Our office is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (Wednesday 11am -5pm) with a duty worker available during these times to offer support.

Agencies can refer a woman and/or family for refuge.

Our refuge team will follow up all referrals and where possible meet with a woman to complete a refuge assessment.  The assessment is to ensure the women’s needs are met and her safety is the focus of the assessment.

On the rare occasion Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire cannot offer refuge accommodation staff will try and find the woman alternative safe accommodation with other Women’s Aid groups or local authority.

Refuge is a safe and comfortable place to stay. It gives women the time to decide what to do next and take control of their lives again and move on from abuse.


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