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Responding to the annual Crime Survey for England and Wales, Lisa King, Refuge director of communications and external relations said: ‘These statistics are extremely concerning and should offer a sharp wake-up call to government as violence against women and girls remains firmly in the spotlight. This data shows that, in the year ending March 2020, there were almost four times as many female victims of sexual assault than male victims, with female victims comprising 84% of sexual offences recorded by the police. As we know, rape and sexual violence is a common tool used by perpetrators of domestic abuse, and … 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

Refuge teams up with British GQ to urge men to #ChooseToChallenge domestic abuse in support of International Women’s Day 8 March 2021. Refuge, the country’s largest provider of specialist domestic abuse services has teamed up with leading men’s magazine British GQ to help drive awareness of domestic abuse to its predominantly male readership. With a print, digital and social audience reach of 10.4 million a month, GQ is in a unique position to speak to men across the country about domestic abuse, a gendered crime. Domestic abuse is a crime most often perpetrated by men, against women. It stems from gender inequality and … Continue reading

Tracy Blackwell, Refuge head of development said: ‘The Chancellor is right to refer to domestic abuse as a ‘hidden tragedy’ but sadly this hidden tragedy is not just limited to lockdown. Women experience male violence all year round and financial support for frontline services must reflect this ongoing need, by allowing services to plan for the future and move away from the funding cliff edge many find themselves on year after year. There is still a huge gap for refuge funding – estimates say £173 million is needed but only £125 million has been committed so far. Refuge would also … Continue reading

Victory for women who face threats to share their intimate images – as government commits to making it a crime. (Interviews available on request with Refuge spokespeople, Zara McDermott, survivor and campaigner Natasha Saunders and Baroness Nicky Morgan. Please contact the Refuge press office on 0207 395 7731 or email The Naked Threat Campaign, led by Refuge, its supporters, survivors, celebrities and Baroness Morgan secures law change at first opportunity. Refuge says this is a ‘victory for women and girls and testimony to the power of campaigning together’. Baroness Morgan says ‘At the start of this campaign, I said … Continue reading

Refuge, the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic abuse services, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Ruth Davison as its new Chief Executive Officer. Davison joins from Comic Relief where she is interim CEO. This appointment comes as Refuge supports more women and children than ever before – more than 7,000 on any given day – and with domestic abuse never being higher on the political or public agenda. Davison’s extensive CV includes Princes Trust International, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and Crisis, as well as her current role with Comic Relief, one of the largest funders … Continue reading

As the Domestic Abuse Bill enters its final stages before becoming law, Refuge, Olivia Colman (Refuge ambassador), survivor Natasha Saunders, influencer Zara McDermott and Baroness Nicky Morgan are calling on the Government – and in particular Home Secretary, Priti Patel and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland – to make threats to share intimate images crime. Refuge has today launched a powerful video with a direct plea to the Home Secretary to change the law. Refuge’s #TheNakedThreat campaign has received huge public support with over 38, 000 letters being sent to government ministers over the last few months. As … Continue reading

In response to the governments announcement of a £40 million funding pot, Tracy Blackwell, head of development at Refuge said: ‘Never before have so many survivors of domestic and sexual abuse come forward for support than during the Covide-19 crisis. Refuge hopes to turn to this £40million pot to fund the life-saving IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) services it runs which urgently need financial support. We anticipate demand for these services to increase once the court system is back up and running – there are hundreds of thousands of cases held in the backlog which will need their day in … Continue reading

As the Domestic Abuse Bill, many years in the making, starts its crucial ‘Committee Stage’ in the House of Lords, Refuge, the country’s largest provider of specialist domestic abuse services calls for a Bill which is as ‘bold and transformative as it has the potential to be.’ Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, Chair of Refuge said: ‘Refuge is delighted that the Domestic Abuse Bill starts its important Committee Stage in the House of Lords this afternoon. Refuge stands ready to work with the government to make the Bill as bold and transformative as it has the potential to be, and we hope the … Continue reading

Critical Committee Stage to begin which can bring about urgent law change via Domestic Abuse Bill  Peers, Refuge, and Revenge Porn Helpline stand united in their call for the threat to share intimate images to be made a crime. Revenge Porn Helpline sees calls about threats to share intimate images more than triple between 2017 and 2020 and rise 73% between 2019 and 2020. The long-awaited and much needed Domestic Abuse Bill starts its Committee Stage on 25th January – this is the last chance in this session of Parliament to change the law to protect women from image-based abuse. The time for the government to act is … Continue reading