Domestic violence charity Refuge responds to Pistorius murder conviction

Sandra Horley CORRECT HEADSHOT 2014Today’s (3 December 2015) news that Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, overturning an earlier manslaughter conviction, is a significant step on the road to justice – says domestic violence charity Refuge.

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

“Our thoughts are with the family of Reeva Steenkamp at this difficult time. Today’s news that Reeva Steenkamp’s killer has been convicted of murder is a significant step on the road to justice. By overturning the earlier manslaughter charge, the South African courts are sending an important message: that women’s lives matter and that the punishment for taking away Ms Steenkamp’s life should be much more than just a year behind bars.

“Two women are killed each week in England and Wales by their current or former partner. This high profile case has shone a spotlight on the global issue of violence against women and its terrifyingly high death toll.

“If anything positive can come from this tragedy, we hope that courts across the globe will realise that the correct charging and sentencing of violent men is vital. Not only does it means that they are punished appropriately for their crime but, by acting as a warning to other perpetrators, it can prevent future violence.”