Refuge comments on increased reports of domestic violence in London

Cases of domestic violence reported to Metropolitan Police increased by 15.5%

Yesterday Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe announced that reports of domestic violence increased by 15.5% in the last quarter of 2013. (Read more.)

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, says:

 

Sandra Horley CBE“Domestic violence thrives on secrecy, so no one knows its true extent.  Refuge works with women and children in a number of London boroughs and we know that many of them live in fear before finding the courage to ask for help.  But these figures show that more women in London are coming forward and reporting domestic violence to the police.  This is a good thing.  Domestic violence is a serious crime that kills two women a week in England and Wales.  Through rigorous arresting and charging we can protect women and children by holding violent men accountable for these atrocious crimes.”