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Our Mission


The mission of Refuge House is to provide direct services to battered women, their children, and sexual assault survivors, as well as to eliminate conditions in society that allow such violence to continue. During its 20+ year history, Refuge House has developed a comprehensive range of services for sexual violence survivors, battered women, and their children.


Refuge House is the domestic and sexual violence center for Leon and the seven neighboring counties in North Florida: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. Refuge House first opened its doors to provide emergency shelter on February 14, 1978, and later merged with Tallahassee Rape Crisis to provide sexual violence services, as well.

Violence poses a serious threat to women's lives across the nation. Two to four million women a year are battered and domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15 to 44. Sexual violence is the most rapidly growing violent crime in America. Over 700,000 women a year, or about 1 women every 1.3 minutes, are estimated to victims of sexual violence. Among female victims, 61% are under age 18.