Refuge services Insights dataset

2015-18 data about adult refuge services

This data report forms part of a series of publications from our Adult Insights dataset. It contains 1,016 unique individual cases at intake and 811 matched cases at exit, drawn from 14 refuge services across England and Wales that used the Insights outcome measure service between April 2015 and March 2018.

  • 58%

    of refuge clients were at high risk

    of serious harm or death

  • 56%

    reported the abuse stopped completey

    after support from refuge

  • 53%

    of clients had issues with mental health

Key findings

  • After support from refuge services, the abuse stopped completely for more than half of clients
  • 53% of clients had issues with mental health
  • 17% of clients had a disability – 7% had a physical disability
  • Nearly half of children in households where domestic abuse was taking place were not known to children’s services
  • Risk was reduced for nearly two thirds of clients following support from refuge services
  • More than half of refuge clients were under the age of 30
  • 58% of refuge clients were recorded at high risk of serious harm or death

About the Insights database

We run the largest database of domestic abuse cases in the UK. Since 2009, we have gathered data from services working with victims, survivors, and their children into our Insights system. This gives us an unparalleled overview of survivors’ experiences and the support they receive.

We hope that everyone working to stop domestic abuse will be able to use this data to improve their services so that victims and families get the right help sooner.

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