The refuge


Clare Haven Refuge accommodating families in need

Clare Haven Refuge comprises six family ensuite units, a large dining room, bright airy kitchen, a playroom, laundry room, an outdoor playground (see picture) and a family room. The reception, office and meeting rooms complete the complex. At the back of the refuge we also have a beautifully landscaped garden for women to relax in.

Women and children are able to access the refuge in the knowledge that their safety is our paramount concern. The refuge provides not only a safe environment, but also one of comfort and support, while giving each woman the dignity that she is entitled to.

Each woman coming into the refuge receives one-on-one support. A support plan is drawn up with her to look at her practical needs such as housing, social welfare, schools for children, etc. As well as her practical needs she also receives emotional support from our experienced staff.

Play sessions for resident’s children run Monday-Friday.

Clare Haven staff work tirelessly to support women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, and all support work is carried out with the knowledge and permission of the women. At all times, it is the woman who decides what is best for her and for her children. Staff also provide accompaniment to court, legal aid, social welfare etc.


Clare Haven have also two transitional houses:

  • a purpose built two bedroom semi-detached bungalow with wheelchair access
  • a three bedroom, two storey semi-detached house

Transitional houses are offered to women who have accessed the refuge and are ready to live on their own, but may still need additional support. Tenancy is reviewed regularly and the woman will be supported in accessing suitable move-on accommodation for her and her family.