Emma Project

Domestic violence and problematic substance use

The Emma Project is London's only refuge for women who are escaping gender violence and who use substances problematically ; more than a third of the women who have lived in the refuge have also been exploited through prostitution.

The women who enter the project are extremely vulnerable and almost all have chaotic lifestyles which exclude them from other types of refuge provision.

We offer a high and specialist level of staffing means that we are able to work with women who still use drugs and/or alcohol problematically, this is essential because leaving a violent relationship is a time of crisis and for many women this is not the best time to address substance use issues effectively. Most other refuges require women to be drug free to use the service.

We also provide training on domestic violence and problematic substance use and can help agencies develop their policies and procedures around supporting women with problematic substance use who have experienced domestic violence.

If you need help to find a refuge space, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on
0808 2000 247.