Escape Site

PARAGON (formerly You First) are a specialist team working together empowering change for individuals, families, and our communities.

We know that for anyone living with domestic abuse, sexual violence or stalking, getting in touch with someone to help is really hard. Taking that first step can be scary, and talking to someone you don’t know may seem strange, but we are here to help. When it’s safe and right for you, please contact one of our teams.

We are an experienced, dedicated, and diverse team of people. We come from many different communities with lived and worked experience.

We work with women, men, and children who are living with abuse, together in partnership with other teams, organisations, and our communities.

Our foundations are in working with female victims and survivors of domestic abuse. We started with a refuge in Portsmouth and a single women’s safe house, enabling us to support women more effectively if they had additional complexities such as substance misuse or mental ill health.

PARAGON now works across many different local authorities. We have safe houses and refuges and our outreach teams work with many people living in the community

We are part of a national network of accredited domestic abuse services, ensuring all we do is based on the needs of each person we work with.by national best practices.

Please contact our friendly team, and together we’ll work with you to find the best way to help.

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