The Refuge is a non-profit non-denominational organization
To provide safe emergency shelter and comprehensive services to victims and their children hurt by domestic violence and sexual assault
The Board of Directors

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October-Domestic Violence Awareness Month

84 Georgians that lost their lives from October 2018-September 2019 


Refuge History

In 2000/2001, the state of Georgia saw there were such high numbers of domestic violence and child abuse cases in Toombs and Emanuel Counties. It was decided a new shelter needed to open in this area.  The Toombs County office opened in March of 2001 through April 2003 as an Outreach Satellite Office for WINGS, Women In Need Of God’s Shelter out of Dublin, Georgia. The Toombs/Emanuel Project started with one board member and one part-time employee going out in the five county service area speaking about the issue of domestic violence and the need our communities had for a shelter. We started with one full time and two part-time employees. With great support from our communities, plans were underway to build the new facility.  As of May 2003, we became our own 501© 3 and began to operate as The Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.  At that time, we had four full-time and two part-time employees.  Today, we have 10 full-time and 6 part-time employees.

The Refuge serves five rural counties, Toombs, Treutlen, Montgomery, Emanuel and Wheeler.

The Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. has 14 Board of Directors from the 5 county areas we serve.

Safety Planning Tips

1. Teach your children to dial 911 in case of an emergency

2. Tell family/Friends about the abuse

3. Keep important documents (such as birth certificates, social security cards, green cards, financial records)

along with extra sets of house and car keys hidden and available to you in  
case of an emergency exit.

4. Trust your instincts, if you feel you

are in danger you probably are. Try to
get to a safe place immediately.

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Mailing Address

PO Box 853

Vidalia, GA 30475

912-538-9935 Vidalia Office

478-268-9156 Swainsboro Outreach Office

912-216-3898 Sexual Assault Center

The Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. does not discriminate against individuals or group on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disability.  If you believe you have been the target of discrimination, you have the right to file a civil rights complaint.  Information on how to file a civil rights complaint can be found on the Office of Justice Programs website ( or by contacting the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at 404-657-1956

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“This project is supported by VOCA Sub-Award No. C19-8-176 administered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime or the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.”

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Footballs given to various schools for "Pink Out" night.