Gender-specific Support Many of the women we support in our gender-specific services would not be able to access domestic abuse refuges because they are not currently in abusive relationships. But generic temporary accommodation is not appropriate for them because they have often experienced gender-based abuse or violence in the past. Our gender-specific services have been set up for women who would not be comfortable in a mixed-gender environment. We treat women as women first and address the complex difficulties that they face in their lives. We provide a tailored, holistic package of support for each individual which builds on women's strengths, enabling them to lead independent self-determined lives. We support women in a range of housing projects, including 24-hour staffed temporary accommodation, self-contained units within our project houses and flats in the community.