Refuge and Safe Houses


For further information please contact:

You First Hampshire Integrated Stalking, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service

Telephone: 0330 016 5112



You First Dorset Integrated Stalking, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service

Telephone: 0800 032 5204



You First support people to access crisis accommodation and have approximately 90 rooms across 13 houses. You will receive a warm welcome within all our refuges and safe houses.  Some of these refuges offer self contained flats and others have bedsit style rooms with some type of communal shared facilities such as equipped kitchens, laundry and tv rooms – all have either a children’s room or play space and garden area.

We believe that it is important for wellbeing and empowerment that refuge and safe house accommodation is short term and temporary whilst more permanent solutions are being sourced.

Within the refuge You First have a team of workers who are there to offer emotional and practical support – children are offered support via the children workers.  When a person comes to a refuge they are matched with a key worker and together they discuss concerns, co-produce support plans focussed on goals and aspirations and may also include:-

  • Risk assessments and safety planning
  • Maximising income
  • Increasing confidence
  • Sourcing alternative housing
  • Securing legal options to return home
  • Supporting to maintain your licence within refuge
  • Introduction to the community
  • Identifying any other support requirements and linking with other agencies