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Since the start of lockdown, Refuge, the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic abuse services, and sole provider of the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, has tracked the demand for its Helpline and the number of visits to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline website, which have spiked significantly over the last eight weeks. The spike in demand for the Helpline shows the extent of support required during lockdown. The window for women experiencing domestic abuse to reach out for help is ordinarily very limited –  with this window narrowing further when isolating with an abusive partner. This spike in demand … Continue reading

In response to the Government’s announcement today of a £76m fund to support the ‘most vulnerable’, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: “Refuge welcomes the Government’s announcement today to pledge further funds to specialist organisations working to address domestic abuse. This funding will help support frontline services at a time when they are needed more than ever.  Refuge has seen demand for its services increase significantly since the necessary lockdown measures were announced –  Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline has seen demand rise by around 50%, indicating the sheer numbers of women who need … Continue reading

One of Peter Blake’s ‘Rainbow Target’ to be sold in aid of UKs largest single provider of specialist domestic abuse service’s Refuge. On Friday 1 May a ’Rainbow Target’ by Peter Blake will be sold via through the Paul Stolper Gallery, during the London Original Print Fair. 100% of the proceeds will be given to charity, 50% of which will be donated to Refuge in a generous gift from the artist and gallery. Since lockdown began, Refuge has seen a spike in calls to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline of around 50%. This shows the sheer numbers of women living … Continue reading

In response to the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill in Parliament today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: “Refuge is delighted that the Bill returned to Parliament today for its second reading, and that the ‘virtual Parliament’ system allowed a lengthy debate where MPs from all parties were able to raise issues of great concern to Refuge and the women we support. The Bill, which was delayed following the snap election last year, is a product of many years hard work. We thank all those MPs who spoke passionately today, and helped … Continue reading

In response to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on domestic abuse during Covid-19, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘Refuge welcomes the publication of this important report, which highlights the huge risk that women living with abusive partners face during lockdown. The stay at home measures are of course a critical part of the Government’s strategy to save lives during this crisis, but it is important to look at the implications of those measures when home is not a safe place. For many women isolating with an abusive partner is a matter of … Continue reading

In response to the announcement that the Domestic Abuse Bill will return to Parliament on Tuesday 28th April, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge said: “Refuge is pleased that the Domestic Abuse Bill, which was delayed as a result of the snap election last year, is set to return to Parliament for its second reading. The Bill, many years in the making, is the product of hard work across the women’s sector and its need has never been greater. The last few weeks – as the UK has been under necessary strict lockdown measures – have highlighted more than … Continue reading

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge says: “Refuge welcomes the Government’s support at this critical time. We have worked around the clock to ensure our frontline specialist services remain open and accessible to women experiencing domestic abuse. “Last week, following a targeted media push, on Monday 6th April, calls to Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline soared by 120% and visits to our Helpline website rose by a phenomenal 700% compared to the previous day. This demonstrates the sheer scale of need for frontline domestic abuse services. “What is needed now, more than ever, is to … Continue reading

Following a media push to ensure women experiencing domestic abuse know how they can access help and support during periods of lockdown, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: “We have today reviewed the statistics for the National Domestic Abuse Helpline website, run by Refuge. Traffic to this website, designed by survivors for survivors and which contains valuable information for women on how they can access life-saving support rose by 700% on Monday compared with the previous day. In fact the website visits on Monday alone were greater than the combined number for the previous … Continue reading

Refuge, the UKs largest domestic abuse charity, sees calls and contacts to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline rise by 120% overnight. Following significant media coverage of Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline, calls and contacts logged on the 06th April were up by 120% compared to the previous day. While this dramatic increase shows that more women are asking for support during lockdown it is important to recognise that lockdown itself is not a cause of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is rooted in power and control and stems from gender inequality. It does not occur by appointment – it happens all … Continue reading

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement today of a funding package for charities, in particular the £360 million for organisations providing vital frontline services, including those supporting survivors of domestic abuse, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘Refuge is delighted with the Chancellor’s announcement today and its clear recognition of the life-saving work our frontline services carry out every day. Refuge saw a 120% increase in calls and contacts to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline on Monday, compared with the previous day – showing the sheer scale of need from women in the country today. … Continue reading

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