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Dr Basil Levy and Dr Cyril Taylor and were becoming increasingly concerned about the injuries sustained by women at the hands of their partners.
Worse still was the effect it was having on the children, who were witnessing the violent arguments and attacks.
The doctors and their wives decided to take action and opened The Refuge on Belvedere Road in south Liverpool.
The Refuge was the second domestic abuse accommodation in the country.
As they needed bigger accommodation to meet the increasing demands, the Trustees persuaded a local housing association, Princes Park, to fund the first ever purpose-built refuge in the country.
Taking its name from the door number of the house, Centre 56 opened its doors in July 1984.
Liverpool Council offered Centre 56 a disused childcare centre in North Liverpool. Centre 56 called upon local businesses and the community to help bring the building up to standard.
Centre 56 became a centre that offers childcare, information, support and training to build self-esteem and confidence to families who have been affected by domestic abuse or a crisis situation.
After facing financial difficulties, Centre 56 joined The Regenda Group. Being a part of the Group means Centre 56 receives resource support, but the charity still relies on funding to keep its doors open to those who need it.
Centre 56 was awarded £250,000 from The Big Lottery’s Community Fund.
Katie Walker became a Patron for Centre 56.