Emergency Refuge Accommodation
We offer emergency refuge accommodation for women, men and children who are homeless as a result of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DV & A). We can offer spaces for up to 43 adults and up to 88 children, at any one time.
Each person is allocated a DV & A Support Worker who will provide emotional and practical support and will work in partnership with other services such as counselling, mental health support and housing. We also have Children and Family Workers to provide additional support to children and young people who stay in refuge.
How to refer
Any person experiencing DV & A can refer themselves to this service by calling us on 0113 246 0401 or agencies can refer any person or family if they have their permission to do so. Details will be taken over the phone or a referral form will be sent to an agency. If accommodation is available then the person/ family will be assessed to determine if we can meet their needs. However as we have limited space and there is always a high demand, there are times when this is not possible. When this happens we can contact alternative emergency accommodation including refuges nationwide.
Because we do have 24-hour staff we are able to accommodate women with certain high support needs.
Feedback received to our DV&A support workers in refuge
“You are a wonderful mentor … thanks for being there”
“For your support. Advice, wise words, oh and lots of laughs”
“Thank you sounds so futile in what I need to say to you all. But I really do mean it from the bottom of my heart, if it wasn’t for you 3 I really don’t think I would be here on this Earth. You have all made a lasting impact on my life and with that I hope I can make a better future for myself. Most of all I hope that Leeds Women’s Aid is here in another 40 years to help more women, just like myself. Thank you again so very very much.”
“Just to say a massive Thank You for all your help and support through what has been the worse time of my life I truly couldn’t have done it without you, I have finally got a house to build a happy future for us, things can only get better”