Refuge House is the domestic and sexual violence center for Leon County and the seven neighboring counties in north Florida: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. Refuge House first opened its doors to provide emergency shelter on February 14, 1978, and later merged with Tallahassee Rape Crisis to also provide sexual violence services.

[icon_timeline timeline_style=”jstime” timeline_line_color=”#008083″ time_block_bg_color=”#008083″ time_sep_color=”#008083″ time_sep_bg_color=”#792279″ timeline_margin=”margin:8px;”][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1978″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Our first emergency shelter opens in Leon County on February 14th.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1980″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Rape crisis services launched.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1983″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]We hire our first children’s counselor, with support from the Tallahassee Junior League.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1992″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Refuge House Injunction Office opens in the Leon County Courthouse.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1994″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Passage of the federal Violence Against Women Act.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1995-1998″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Rapid expansion into the seven neighboring rural counties.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1998″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Hospital-based Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) founded.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2000″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Taylor County Emergency Shelter opened. Gadsden Outreach Office donated by the community.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2002″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Capital Campaign supports construction of our new Leon County Emergency Shelter and Child Care Center.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2005-2008″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Three phases of our Transitional Housing Program open in Leon County.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2008-2011″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Spanish-speaking capacity developed across all agency services.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2013-2014″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Renovation of the Taylor County Emergency Shelter.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2015-2016″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Strength through partnerships: Refuge House-DCF Child Welfare collaboration promotes family safety in 8 counties. Our InVEST partnership with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office promotes perpetrator accountability and enhanced advocacy services.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2016″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Refuge House opens stand-alone Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Center.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2018″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-certificate” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#792279″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” title_font_color=”#ffffff” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]InVEST services expanded to Wakulla County.[/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline]