My mum has been involved in a woman's refuge. From what I gather there were anything up to 8 families there at the same time. They helped the women and their kids in any way they could. Sometimes it was as much as putting a roof over their heads, others it could be help with addictions, help with benifits, clothing, toys for the kids etc. Mum said most stay at the refuge up to 6 months, and then most people would have a council flat/house. There were quite a few that ended up back with their partners, which is out of the refuge's hands really.