Marie House, Wakefield


How we help at Marie House

Marie House is a safe, confidential refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse in Wakefield.

Working as a team, we provide support on everything from practical, day-to-day living skills to legal support and help keeping safe.

Riverside offers support to people affected by domestic abuse

You’ll find:

  • Self-contained one and two-bedroom flats with living room, kitchen and bathroom

  • Communal lounge for socialising with support and educational sessions such as first aid, sexual health drop-in sessions, and budgeting courses

  • Staff on scheme 7 days a week

  • We’ll work with you to develop an individually tailored Support Plan, with weekly meetings and assessments regularly
  • Dedicated Children’s Support Worker delivering playroom sessions, fun activities and protective behaviours work, liaising with schools, social services and health visitors
  • Help identifying move-on accommodation working with the Local Authority housing department

How it works

Marie House accepts women (aged over 16) and children from anywhere in the country who are fleeing domestic abuse. Referrals must come from a relevant agency, such as the police, your GP or social services. You must have access to benefits.

If your family is resettling in the Wakefield district, you will receive the Wakefield Floating Support service to help your transition.

Getting the most out of our service

  • We work to help build your self-esteem and confidence.
  • You can access courses, including the Freedom Programme to help you identify the signs and effects of domestic abuse, safety planning, and to help set goals for the future.
  • We provide a Floating Support service once you move on with a dedicated Support Plan and intensive help around housing and tenancy issues as well as issues around domestic abuse. We work with other agencies to provide any services we cannot support.

Why we are different

Our support goes beyond housing, you’ll be in a caring, warm environment with people who have a wealth of experience helping women and children move on to safe confident, independent living, free from abuse.