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  Refuge to help kids escape violent homes
Updated 25 October 2002, 18.51

To mark Children in Need 2002, Newsround is looking at some of the projects which will benefit from money raised.

Here, we report on a shelter for children and parents who have to escape violent homes.

  Click here for all our Children in Need reports

Refuges can be an escape from violence
Refuges can be an escape from violence
Sarah and her mum had to leave their home because her mum's boyfriend was very violent to them.

He was always swearing, slamming doors and throwing things around the house, smashing them and scaring Sarah.

He also bullied them, taking Sarah's dinner money, and anything her mum had.

"My mum just gave in to him," she told Newsround's Becky Jago. "She had been through so much, she was just weak."

Safe place to go

Things got so bad the pair had to leave their home - but they needed somewhere safe to go to.

This is where the shelter comes in.

Becky in a refuge kitchen
Becky in a refuge kitchen
It's a secret house where people can live safely - without the violent person coming and finding them.

Children in Need is important because money it raises helps keep places like this shelter going.

Now, Sarah thinks her life has changed since leaving her old home.

"I feel like a different person. It's so nice to be somewhere else."

For more information on Children in Need, log on to www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

And if you're experiencing violence at home you can call Childline on 0800 1111.

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