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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

In response to the CPS Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) statistics released today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘These statistics are both disappointing and frustrating. Rape reports to the police are increasing, yet referrals to the CPS are in decline. What sort of message does this send to women? That they will not be believed? That their experiences are not valid? It is crucial that women feel empowered to report abuse and that they have confidence in the system. These statistics should be a wakeup call for culture change within the justice … Continue reading

New powers to stop suspected stalkers under police investigation contacting victims have come into force today in England and Wales. Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of National Domestic Abuse charity Refuge said: “Refuge welcomes the new Stalking Protection Orders giving victims further tools to protect themselves from violence and abuse. We are particularly pleased that a breach of the order an automatic criminal offence, but SPOs should never serve as a substitute for prosecutions. Whilst they have the potential to bridge the gap in protection for victims of stalking, SPOs only function properly if used consistently across police forces. The … Continue reading

Refuge, the UK’s largest domestic violence charity says 72% of service users experience abuse through technology and launches chatbot to provide real-time information to survivors Launch coincides with ‘Tonight, Tech Abuse: Stopping the Stalkers’ with Julie Etchingham on ITV at 7.30pm Refuge has today launched an online chatbot which aims to provide safe and accessible information to thousands of women across the country experiencing abuse through technology. In 2019, 72% of women who accessed support from Refuge services identified experiencing tech abuse, which can range from persistent telephone calls from perpetrators, being targeted via social media, having their location tracked … Continue reading

Ahead of the Queen’s Speech today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: “Refuge eagerly awaits the Queen’s Speech, which will outline the Government’s agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session. It provides a new opportunity for the Government to reaffirm its commitment to ending violence against women and girls by reintroducing and strengthening the Domestic Abuse Bill. This is needed now more than ever. “The Bill is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the response to domestic abuse, but was unfortunately waylaid due to the snap election. Refuge hopes that the Speech will include the Bill, … Continue reading

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