Refuge responds to 2019 General Election result

 

Responding to 12 December 2019 General Election result, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said:

“Now that the General Election is behind us, we implore the incoming Conservative Government to work on addressing violence against women and girls. The government needs to make this a priority and commit funds and resources to doing so.

Survivors have waited too long already. The Domestic Abuse Bill, which was lost due to the snap election, needs to be quickly reinstated and strengthened to be a truly transformative piece of legislation.

We need an immediate commitment to new funds for refuges, which face closure up and down the country. No woman or child should be turned away when they seek help, survivors need to know that help and support is there for them.

Survivors of domestic abuse need action and we look forward to working with the new Government to deliver this. Two women a week across England and Wales are killed by a current of former partner and almost one in three women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Women’s lives depend on action being taken now.”

For more information, please email press@refuge.org.uk or call 0207 395 7731.