Refuge responds to Chris Brown’s latest comments on Rihanna assault

16 August 2017

Sandra-Horley-NEW-HEADSHOT-20141-150x150Responding to R&B singer Chris Brown’s latest comments, in which he gave details of his assault against then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said:

“Whatever goes wrong in a relationship, no man has a right to hit his partner. We all say and do things we later regret, but domestic violence does not ‘take two’. No woman can make a man hit her; violence is a choice he makes and he alone is responsible for it. Blaming the victim is another way perpetrators maintain control over their victims – it shifts the responsibility to the woman. Manipulating her into thinking she is responsible is a ploy abusers use to deflect from their violent and controlling behaviour. Hitting a woman is never acceptable behaviour – it is against the law.”

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