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Welcome to Refuge House

Refuge House serves all people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault across the eight counties of the Big Bend.  Refuge House offers support and resources to people who have been hurt by abuse or violence.  We offer guidance and encouragement for families and friends worried about a daughter, sister, child, or parent.  We are eager to meet with your church, professional group, workplace, or club to talk about how you can help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.

If you would like to offer your help in support of our mission, there are many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of survivors and their children.  Together, we can save lives, build hope, and end violence.  

Our Mission:
The mission of Refuge House is to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to their children and families, as well as to eliminate such violence through community education and public advocacy.

You Are Not Alone:
Domestic violence and sexual assault affect thousands of women, children and men in our community every year.  Nationally, one in 5 women in the United States has been raped in her lifetime, and nearly half have experienced some other form of sexual violence.  One in 5 men, too, have experienced either rape or some form of sexual violence. One in three women have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.  

In 2015/16:
Refuge House responded to 3,150 domestic violence-related hotline calls, and 480 sexual assault calls.  Our emergency shelters offered a safe refuge for 367 women, children and men, and our transitional housing program provided a long-term, supportive home for 42 women and children.  1,377 survivors reached out for assistance in securing protective orders through our Leon County Courthouse office.  And 1,163 survivors gained healing and hope in counselling and therapy.

With support and resources, we see victims rebuild their lives and their hopes every day.  We welcome you to join us.

Our Promise:

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, language spoken, marital status, or veteran status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity benefitting from federal financial assistance and administered by Refuge House.  Foreign language and certified sign language interpreters or alternative auxiliary aids will be made available at no charge to the client.


We encourage you to participate in our community wide survey to see how assistance to victims of sexual assault can be improved. We also encourage you to share the link to this survey on your own personal pages. 

Click here to take our survey





Refuge House is conducting a community wide survey to see how assistance to victims of sexual assault can improved. We would love for you to share your experiences and ideas, whether you are a survivor of sexual violence or not. The questions are aimed to get a better understanding of how survivors feel about the help they've received from agencies involved in the process of justice and healing during the aftermath of sexual assault. We also want to know what the community would like to see improved in the future. Your responses to the survey will be completely anonymous. We appreciate your help in determining how to best meet the needs of survivors in our community!