Refuge comments on sentencing of pop singer Dane Bowers for domestic assault

Today (2 November 2015) pop singer Dane Bowers was given a 20-week suspended sentence for assaulting his former girlfriend Sophia Cahill.

During the sentencing Judge Sweet said that he had decided to suspend the sentence because of the considerable impact imprisonment would have on Dane Bowers ‘reputation’.

Commenting on the case, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, said:
“The courts need to send out a strong message to abusive men and to the public: that domestic violence is not acceptable and that there will be serious consequences for anyone who commits this appalling crime. It is plain wrong that consideration for a celebrity’s ‘reputation’ outweighs a victim’s right to safety and to justice.

“The criminal justice system should be focused on protecting victims, not on protecting the reputation of abusers. That compassion in this case seemingly lies with the perpetrator is a telling sign of how our society, and the state bodies designed to protect us, views violence against women.

“Two women a week die in this country at the hands of their current of former partner. It is essential that all professionals involved in the criminal justice system properly understand the complex risks and dynamics of domestic violence. We will only start to make a long term difference and put an end to the lives that are lost when we treat offences with the seriousness they deserve.”