Working with families to effect change

There are thousands of families up and down the country who have lost loved ones to domestic violence. Refuge is there for them.


We support families in the aftermath of their loss. When families wish to highlight and challenge the failure of the authorities to protect their loved ones, Refuge works closely with them to progress domestic homicide reviews, inquests or statutory investigations.

We believe that domestic homicides are, very often, predictable. And it is their predictability which makes them preventable. We have worked closely with families on several high profile cases to ensure that lessons are learned and to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

Below: Refuge delivers a petition to 10 Downing Street along with family members of murdered women, as part of Refuge and Avon’s ‘Four Ways To Speak Out Against Domestic Violence’ campaign.













Read more about how Refuge has supported families who have lost loved ones to domestic violence:

Maria Stubbings

Sabina Akhtar

Julia and Will Pemberton