Domestic abuse can have an enormous affect on your mental health. Abuse can be a factor in the development of depression, anxiety, poor sleeping patterns, eating disorders and substance misuse.

“In 2016, 56 % of women who accessed our refuges identified as having poor mental health


How we can help

In recognition of the impact domestic abuse has on mental health, especially at times of crisis we have a dedicated well-being worker within refuge. In addition to your family support worker, the well-being officer will work with you to identify ways in which we can support your needs to improve your well-being. 

How to get involved

When you first come into refuge you will meet with the well-being officer and a family support worker to discuss your needs. If you need extra support to improve your well-being a plan, which you are fully involved in will be put in place. Support will be provided on a one to one basis, however you can still be involved in group sessions if you want. 

Group sessions

Group sessions such as relaxation and meditation take place within our refuges. These sessions are designed to reduce tension and aid relaxation. Skills used in these sessions such as  breathing exercises are also encouraged to be used outside of the session as a way of reducing anxiety. 

Feedback from service users

I learnt that I can quite easily control my emotional state with meditation



I learnt that I can find new ways to stay calm and get rid of tension



I found it very beneficial as I felt that the session helped my stress levels hugely