ESCAPE / HIDE WEBSITE

Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge

News

In response to the domestic homicide statistics released today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘These statistics are truly horrifying. Domestic violence is a national travesty and the biggest issue facing women and girls worldwide. At Refuge we know only too well what happens when violence against women and girls goes unchallenged, and these statistics should be a wakeup call for politicians and the criminal justice system. Now more than ever, violence against women and girls must be taken seriously. But change will not happen without pressure, and we know that women and girls … Continue reading

Responding to the release of statistics on homelessness, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘Between April 2018 and March 2019, more than 22 thousand survivors had to leave their homes as a result of domestic abuse. This is a shocking statistic and one which reaffirms what we already know: that statutory funding for refuges must increase, and those fleeing domestic abuse must be granted priority housing status. As the law currently stands, fleeing domestic abuse does not automatically qualify you as being in urgent need of rehousing. This is unacceptable and in some cases … Continue reading

Refuge responds to Crown Prosecution Service Violence Against Women and Girls report. In response to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report, Sandra Horley, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘These statistics are sadly not a surprise – but they are nonetheless extremely disappointing. More and more women are reporting rape, yet numbers of prosecutions and convictions have reduced dramatically. What kind of message does this send to women and girls? That they won’t be believed? That their experiences are will be trivialised? That their voices are not valid? Additionally, there has … Continue reading

Responding to the news that Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: “The news that Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood is shocking and disappointing. It also sends an extremely concerning message: that violence against women and girls is tolerated, and even rewarded. Across the UK two women every week are killed by a current or former partner, and one in four women experiences domestic violence at some time in their life. Awarding an honour to a man convicted of domestic violence serves to trivialise and normalise … Continue reading

In response to the announcement today that the Prime Minister intends to ensure that the Domestic Abuse Bill is carried over into the next parliamentary session, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘We are delighted that the Government has today made a clear statement confirming that the Domestic Abuse Bill will be carried over into the next parliamentary session. This Bill represents many years of work for Refuge and our colleagues across the Violence against Women and Girls sector. In England and Wales, two women every week are killed by their current or former … Continue reading

Refuge welcomes today’s announcement of the Domestic Abuse Bill and seeing the Government tackle the vital topic of domestic abuse. Reforming the criminal justice system is vitally important but so is providing emergency accommodation. Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said: “Refuge welcomes the Domestic Abuse Bill and the important changes it will bring. Domestic abuse is the biggest issue affecting women and children in this country today. “The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has championed the issue of domestic abuse and has brought this important piece of legislation to bear.  As the Bill stands it will bring about changes to the … Continue reading

Government vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ for victims of Domestic Abuse Councils in England will have a legal duty to provide secure accommodation for victims of domestic abuse under new plans announced by Theresa May. Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge, national domestic violence charity, says: “Refuge is delighted by the Government’s decision to place a legal duty on local authorities to provide funding for accommodation based support for survivors of domestic abuse. This has the potential to end the post code lottery for refuge places and could put these life-saving services on a secure financial footing for the … Continue reading

Refuge applauds the Work and Pensions Committee for its strong report and recommendations on Universal Credit and Domestic Abuse. “We are hugely encouraged that the Committee has recognised Refuge’s argument that single Universal Credit payments represent a real risk for survivors of abuse. We now urge the Government to follow through and make the necessary amendments to protect women and their children from economic abuse,” said Sandra Horley, CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge. “It is essential that the system does not roll back years of hard-won women’s equality, limiting their financial independence by handing the purse-strings to the ‘man of … Continue reading

‘Suicide must not appear to be the only escape for some victims of abuse’ There must be greater recognition of the risk of suicide among victims of domestic abuse and increased provision of specialist services for survivors and their children, urges Refuge, the national domestic violence charity. In one of the largest studies of its kind, and the first in the UK, staff from Refuge and the University of Warwick looked at the experiences of more than 3,500 of Refuge’s clients with the aim of informing policy and practice in relation to victims of abuse who are at an increased … 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