SafeNet protects victims and survivors of domestic abuse through the provision of safe refuge and support services, promotes the prevention of further harm through various initiatives, including work to build safe and healthy relationships, and promotes equality.

We offer expert practitioner knowledge and deliver a range of specialist services, including:

  • Refuge – a safe and confidential place to stay for women and children, with specialist support services to help overcome violence and abuse (Burnley and Lancaster)
  • Safehouses as move-on properties, and for more complex needs, including families with teenage/young men and vulnerable male survivors
  • 1:1 support and ‘freedom programme’ groupwork
  • 1:1 support and groupwork in schools for children and young people
  • Community based support – helpline/outreach support and advocacy in the community
  • Support for those at risk of serious harm and homicide – from Burnley’s IDVA Service
  • Specialist support for ethnic minorities, including bi-lingual support, cultural and faith support, those with additional health needs, and male survivors
  • Group activities – ‘finding your voice’ writing and craft sessions, cultural celebrations, etc.

Accessing the refuge: When families escape to safe refuge, they have physically removed themselves and their children from the abuse, and then, together, we work with the residual emotional, psychological, practical and financial impacts and effects of abuse, providing crisis support until we are able to safely rehouse them with the help of partner agencies.

Accessing support in the community: For those we work with in the community, who continue to be at risk, we support them to be as safe as they are able. The survivors we work with inspire us daily with their courage and resilience as they work towards a better future.

SafeNet has been keeping women and children safe from domestic abuse since the early 1970s. Over the years, we have extended our services to all survivors and developed specialist support for survivors from ethnic minority communities, children and young people, those with complex health needs, male survivors, and LGBT survivors. We are proud to deliver fully inclusive and accessible services.