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Refuge, the UK’s largest domestic abuse charity says calls to its Helpline have risen by 25% since lockdown measures began. Isolation has potential to aggravate pre-existing behaviours in abusive partners but isn’t reason for abusive behaviour. As the UK enters the third week of lockdown measures, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘Since the UK lockdown measures were announced, Refuge has worked round the clock to ensure its life-saving services remain open and accessible to any woman who needs them. Prior to the lockdown measures being introduced, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline run by … Continue reading

Refuge and Chelsea FC join up to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Chelsea to gift match donations to national domestic abuse charity Refuge, in outstanding gesture of support. Refuge is delighted to have teamed up with Chelsea FC to raise awareness and much needed funds to support women and children experiencing domestic abuse during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Last year 1.6 million women in the UK suffered from domestic abuse. Reports from around the world show that the Covid-19 global pandemic has led to an increase in domestic abuse incidents during periods of isolation and lock down. Experts are warning … Continue reading

In response to the video posted by Billy Joe Saunders, which appeared online over the weekend, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘Videos like this reinforce what we already know: society’s attitude towards domestic violence simply has to change. Sharing content like this is as dangerous as it is shocking and we should call it out for what it is. Unacceptable. Almost one in three women aged 16-59 in England and Wales will experience domestic abuse at some point in her lifetime. Domestic abuse is never a joke. It should never be trivialised. Doing … Continue reading

Refuge responds to reports of potential increase in domestic abuse during periods of lockdown and issues survivors guide. In response to reports about potential increase in domestic abuse across the country during periods of isolation, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of National Domestic Abuse charity Refuge said: “Refuge is concerned about the potential for incidents of domestic abuse to increase during periods of lockdown. We know that ordinarily the window of opportunity for women with abusive partners to make a call and seek help is often very limited. Now, it is likely that window has become even smaller. With this … Continue reading

Refuge joins the Duchess of Cornwall’s call for domestic abuse to be recognised as #EveryonesProblem Domestic abuse is the biggest issue facing women and children in the country today – almost one in three women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime The Duchess of Cornwall shines a spotlight on this insidious issue giving a keynote speech about the devastating impact of domestic abuse on hundreds of thousands of women’s lives Duchess of Cornwall shares her first ever hashtag #EveryonesProblem @ClarenceHouse Today, as celebrations begin ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday, the Duchess of Cornwall will give a speech … Continue reading

In response to the the reintroduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: “Refuge welcomes the re-introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill, which is significantly enhanced by the addition of a legal duty on local authorities to provide refuge accommodation. “This Bill offers the government a real opportunity to transform the response to domestic abuse in this country, but key to its success will be meeting this duty with adequate funding, so that no woman or child is ever turned away when seeking safety. “Refuge will continue to work with … Continue reading

In response to the Femicide Census stats released today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: This data shows the shocking reality of the sheer scale of violence against women and girls. It is horrific that women continue to be killed at such a rate by violent men. Sadly, it is not surprising that the majority of women are killed by their current or former partner. Women’s lives lost to male violence – leaving children without mothers, parents without daughters, families without loved ones. We know that leaving an abusive man is complex and often … Continue reading

In response to the Government’s announcement  of funding for support services for survivors of domestic abuse, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: The announcement by the Government of extra funds to support domestic abuse services is a crucial and welcome temporary measure – but will only go some way towards solving the ongoing funding crisis refuge services are experiencing. Refuges form part of an essential national network of support, yet years of local authority funding cuts have had an impact on their sustainability. Services have been cut to the bone and urgently need a … Continue reading

London 13th February 2020:  Refuge, the UK’s largest domestic violence charity, responds to Office for National Statistics (ONS)  annual homicide statistics. In response to the release today of homicide statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘These statistics show that violence against women and girls continues to be a scourge on society. In 2019, almost half the number of adult female homicide victims were killed in a domestic homicide. Domestic abuse continues to harm and kill women at an alarming rate, and Refuge is extremely concerned that … Continue reading

In response to the Home Office announcement that the Government is launching a public consultation on pre-charge bail, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘Refuge welcomes this important consultation announced today, and shares the Government’s desire for change in the way those accused of domestic abuse are processed by the criminal justice system. Over recent years we have seen a 65% drop in the number of perpetrators reported to the police for domestic abuse being released on bail. What this means in practice is that women who take the difficult and often traumatic decision … Continue reading

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