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  Ruth Davison, Refuge CEO, said: “It is shocking, yet sadly not surprising, to see the scale of domestic abuse perpetrated by police officers, the very people tasked with protecting women and children. What is more concerning still is that these abuses are too often perpetrated without consequence, as police officers accused of domestic abuse are a third less likely to be convicted than the general public. What message does this send to women experiencing abuse at the hands of a policeman? It’s hard enough for women to find the courage to report to the police – only around 20% … Continue reading

With 2 in 4 women with disabilities likely to experience domestic abuse, Refuge launches critical accessibility features on its National Domestic Abuse Helpline Website on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)  1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Women with disabilities are more than twice as likely to experience domestic abuse compared to non-disabled women. Women with additional sensory and mobility needs are subjected to abuse for much longer; data from across Refuge’s services shows that for women with disabilities abuse lasted on average for 9 years, compared to 6.8 years for all women. New features include support from our expert Helpline Advisers via British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, plus changes to our Helpline website to ensure screen reader compatibility and improved keyboard accessibility for women who need it Website translated into three frequently needed languages. WATCH – Video explaining the Helpline … Continue reading

Refuge launches Tech Safety Website amid increase in numbers of women experiencing complex tech abuse New website, created with survivors, offers step by step guidance for securing devices Website also includes chatbot in multiple languages offering real time automated guidance Refuge, the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic abuse services, today launches its new website,, with dedicated resources for survivors, after seeing an increase in the number of referrals of complex cases of tech abuse. Between April 2020 and May 2021, Refuge has seen on average a 97% increase in the number of complex tech abuse cases requiring … Continue reading

Ruth Davison, Refuge’s Chief Executive, on the Domestic Abuse Bill becoming law as the Domestic Abuse Act. It is just two weeks since I took the reins at Refuge, the largest single provider of domestic abuse services in the country. As committed feminist and activist, joining a charity which is committed to driving forward a progressive agenda, with supporters and survivors at its core, is hugely exciting. Refuge has been supporting survivors of domestic abuse since 1971 and has won many battles over that time, with another being won today as the Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent. I’m so … Continue reading

Refuge responds to Crown Prosecution Service quarterly report and news of additional funding for courts over the next year Cordelia Tucker O’Sullivan, Refuge senior policy and public affairs manager said: “Refuge welcomes the news that the limit of working days for Crown Courts has been lifted for the next financial year. The increased budget for courts over the next year is a necessary step to tackle the backlog of cases that has been exacerbated by the past year and that leaves survivors of domestic abuse in a state of limbo as they await justice. However, this funding provides only a … Continue reading

Refuge is delighted that the Domestic Abuse Bill has today received Royal Assent and been signed into law, becoming the Domestic Abuse Act. The Act is the product of many years of work across the women’s sector and is designed to transform the response to domestic abuse. Domestic Abuse Bill signed into law, concluding many years work across the women’s sector and becoming the Domestic Abuse Act Refuge delighted by progressive provisions in the Act but disappointed by key omissions – failure to protect migrant women and amend aspects of the Universal Credit system that facilitates and exacerbates economic abuse. … Continue reading

Refuge statement on migrant women amendment in the Domestic Abuse Bill Cordelia Tucker O’Sullivan, Refuge senior policy and public affairs manager said: ‘Last night the Domestic Abuse Bill, many years in the making, took another crucial step towards becoming law.  Refuge is delighted that the government listened to Refuge and survivors, and that the Bill will make threats to share intimate images a crime, and we look forward to the Bill becoming law later this year. However, the rejection of the amendment to protect migrant women experiencing domestic abuse is a huge disappointment. Frontline organisations, such as Refuge, Southall Black Sisters, … Continue reading

Refuge announces New Economics Foundation (NEF) analysis of spend on its specialist services. For every £1 invested, £8.24 of social value is generated; a 100% increase in just five years In 2020, Refuge, the country’s largest provider of specialist domestic abuse services, commissioned NEF Consulting (NEF) to carry out an analysis of how much societal (i.e. social and economic) value is delivered from every £1 it spends on its services. Over the year period NEF found that for every £1 Refuge spends on services it generated an average of £8.24 of social value (this represents a near doubling of value created compared … Continue reading

A year of lockdown: Refuge releases new figures showing dramatic increase in activity across its specialist domestic abuse services. Between April 2020 and February 2021 calls and contacts* logged on Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline (NDAH) up by average of 61% 72% of people supported by NDAH were women experiencing abuse Women supported in multiple languages by specialist staff 4,481 referrals made to secure refuges across country 11,616 safety plans created Average of seven-fold increase in visits to specialist website More than 5,200 ‘live chats’ have taken place since new service launched in May 2020 Refuge, the country’s largest … Continue reading

Refuge responds to government formally accepting Amendment 48, calling for threatening to share intimate image and films to be made a crime. Tonight, in the House of Lords, as part of the Report Stage of the Domestic Abuse Bill, the government formally accepted Amendment 48, which called for threatening to share intimate images to be made a crime. Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, Refuge Chair, said: ‘Refuge is delighted that tonight, in the House of Lords, the government formally agreed to make threatening to share intimate images a crime as part of the Domestic Abuse Bill, by accepting amendment 48, tabled by Baroness … Continue reading