Refuge responds to Metropolitan Police “crack down” on domestic violence

This morning the Metropolitan Police undertook an operation to arrest suspected perpetrators of domestic violence. Read more


Sandra Horley CBE

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of domestic violence charity Refuge, says:

“Refuge is pleased that the Metropolitan Police is taking steps to address domestic violence – a serious crime which kills two women every single week. But tough policing of violent perpetrators should not be confined to one-off ‘crackdowns’. It should be happening all year round, day in, day out.

Domestic violence is a daily reality for thousands of women and children. Today alone, Refuge will support 3,000 women and children through its services. Domestic violence accounts for almost a quarter of all violent crime. Police forces across the country should be making it their number one priority – not treating it as a publicity stunt.

The police had obviously gathered enough evidence to secure the arrests of violent men. Why didn’t they act on this before today? Why wait?  Domestic violence can escalate incredibly quickly – a woman’s risk level can change day to day, hour by hour. It is vital that the police respond immediately to calls for help from vulnerable women and children. Waiting even a day can mean the difference between life and death.

At Refuge we know that too many women who reach out to the police for support after experiencing domestic violence feel let down. We are calling for a public inquiry into the response of the police and all state agencies to women and children experiencing domestic violence.”


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