Safe at Last: Inside a Women’s Refuge

In a television first, cameras have been allowed inside a women’s refuge to follow the stories of three women who have agreed to be identified…

In a television first, cameras have been allowed inside a women’s refuge to follow the stories of three women who have agreed to be identified. 

Susan, pregnant with her fourth child, is escaping her abusive partner who she says assaulted her and one of her children. 

Rachel has left her husband after eighteen years of marriage. She says he isolated her from her family and friends, and tried to strangle her. 

Kinga is here, she says, because her ex became violent when she was pregnant with their daughter. 

Running the refuge is Charlotte, herself a survivor of an abusive and violent
marriage. We see her daily struggle to keep the women safe and the refuge doors open. Charlotte also has to deal with the fallout of her ex’s release from prison and the impact on her daughters and herself. 

Narrated by Julie Waters – a campaigner against domestic abuse – the film follows the refuge’s struggle to survive. It is one of just over 300 in England and Wales, with one in six having closed in the past eight years, despite the government’s commitment to tackling domestic abuse. 


Filmed, Directed and Produced by Jasleen Kaur Sethi
Executive Producer:Joanna Potts