Geoffrey Boycott statement

 

Responding to the news that Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said:

“The news that Geoffrey Boycott has been awarded a knighthood is shocking and disappointing. It also sends an extremely concerning message: that violence against women and girls is tolerated, and even rewarded.

Across the UK two women every week are killed by a current or former partner, and one in four women experiences domestic violence at some time in their life. Awarding an honour to a man convicted of domestic violence serves to trivialise and normalise domestic abuse, making a mockery of attempts to address it.

Refuge hopes that this knighthood will be revoked with immediate effect. This would go some way towards acknowledging the seriousness of this error, and would also send a clear signal to society that violence against women and girls must stop.”

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