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To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Refuge CEO Sandra Horley CBE was interviewed by the British Council. Sandra is a committed campaigner on behalf of abused women and children who advises governments internationally on gender-based violence and criminal justice. She looks back at an innovative workshop on women’s rights that she delivered in Mangochi, Southern Malawi, in 1995 at the invitation of the British Council. It resulted in the criminalisation of marital rape in Malawi. But was a change in the law enough to change things? Reena Johl, Country Director, Malawi, goes on to tell … Continue reading

Refuge launches new programme to tackle technological abuse and empower women victims to unlock the opportunities technology brings On 31 October 2017, Refuge launched a new programme to tackle technological abuse and economic and technological exclusion, caused by the growing misuse of modern technology against victims of domestic abuse. Increasing evidence suggests tools and technology from mobile phones and social media to online banking and satnavs are being misused by abusive men to track, isolate, harass, and control their partners. Research from Comic Relief in 2016 showed 4 in 5 women who had experienced domestic abuse had seen their activity … Continue reading

Refuge responds to the latest HMIC report on police response to domestic violence Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge says: “HMICFRS report makes for very grim reading.   Refuge is deeply concerned that despite an abundance of good intentions and training initiatives, little appears to have changed for victims of domestic abuse. We are particularly worried to discover that there has been a fall in the number of arrests made and referrals to the Crown Prosecution Service.  It is abundantly clear that the current policy of police discretion in cases of domestic violence is not working and that the abuse … Continue reading

Refuge CEO Sandra Horley CBE was interviewed by the evening Standard about how refuge has supported victims of modern slavery. See the interview here.  Refuge is supporting the Evening Standard’s campaign to expose the realities of modern slavery in London, reach out to victims and raise funds for specialist services Estimated 46m people enslaved across the world (Walk Free Foundation) Government figures suggest there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims in the UK (National Crime Agency’s 2016 end of year report) 71% trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls (UNODC 2016 Global Report) On Tuesday 12 September 2017, London’s Evening Standard launched its ground-breaking ‘Slaves … Continue reading

Walk4 is back! Register now and you will come together to build a future free from domestic violence     On Saturday 9th September you and hundreds of others can walk across four of London’s most iconic bridges, knowing every step you take means we can support the thousands of women and children who need us. 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence during their lives. We all know someone who is experiencing domestic violence, someone who needs Refuge’s support. By taking part in Walk4 you will raise vital money that will save and change lives, now and for future generations.   Registration fee: £10 (free for children under 16) … Continue reading

On Thursday 15th June Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) erected washing lines with 15 baby grows hanging from them, in iconic locations around the UK to provoke a discussion as to why 15 babies die before, during or shortly after birth every day in the UK. Locations for these #15babiesaday displays included the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, Tate Modern, the London Assembly and outside parliament buildings in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. The 750 baby grows which were displayed around the UK are now being donated to anti-domestic violence charity Refuge. This is to highlight the fact that domestic violence … Continue reading

Your support really does save and change lives. Please donate to Refuge today. The point at which a woman leaves a violent partner is often the most dangerous. 76% of domestic homicides occur shortly after a woman has left the perpetrator. Refuge’s outreach workers are out on the frontline, working discreetly within the community, supporting women in a variety of safe locations. The outreach team ensures women understand their options, can make informed decisions about their futures and stay safe. Your support means we can continue to provide specialist domestic violence services, including outreach support, keeping more women and children safe … Continue reading

Refuge chief executive, Sandra Horley CBE, has published a new edition of her ground-breaking book Power and Control: why charming men can make dangerous lovers.  In Power and Control, Sandra Horley draws on over 35 years of experience supporting abused women to provide an insight into the reality behind the mask of the charming man. Since the first edition of Sandra Horley’s book, there has been a shift in public attitudes when it comes to domestic violence. Now, domestic violence appears on the front pages of newspapers and in the nation’s favourite soap operas. Legislation has been strengthened, and many more women … Continue reading

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said: “Refuge welcomes the announcement that the Government is to bring forward a new draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.  It is heartening to see that the Prime Minister remains committed to addressing an issue that claims the lives of two women every week in England and Wales, and blights the childhoods of at least 750,000 children every year. “Refuge has protected abused women and children for 45 years, and supports almost 5,000 women and children fleeing domestic violence on any given day. “We are working with the Government to ensure that this … Continue reading

An IPCC report published today confirms that a Surrey police firearms licencing officer has been sacked for failings in relation to the return of shotguns to John Lowe, one of which was subsequently used to kill Christine and Lucy Lee in February 2014. A firearms licencing supervisor retired before he could face a disciplinary hearing. The IPCC report details a litany of failings leading to the return of the shotguns, which the police had removed after receiving a report that John Lowe had threatened to shoot the daughter and sister of Christine and Lucy, Stacy Banner. The report makes recommendations … Continue reading