Policy consultations

Refuge ensures that the voices of the women and children we support are represented in our responses to government consultations. Below is information on the key areas Refuge is currently focusing on, as well as links to additional policy areas. If you would like any further information on this area of Refuge’s work, please contact the communications team.

Refuge funding

The government has proposed changes to short-term supported accommodation funding, which would completely change how refuges are funded. The proposals are unworkable and inappropriate for refuges. If they go ahead, it is extremely likely that many refuges will close, putting the lives of thousands of women and children at risk. Read Refuge’s full response to the consultation and our media briefing to journalists.

restorative justice thumbRestorative justice

Following the publication of the Justice Select Committee’s report on restorative justice, Refuge has raised serious concerns about the suitability of restorative justice processes when it comes to domestic violence. The control a perpetrator holds over his victim can remain long after a relationship has ended, so any ‘restorative’ meeting could provide an opportunity for further abuse. Read Refuge’s position paper on restorative justice here.

Police response thumbPolice response

The police response to women who have experienced domestic violence is a postcode lottery. Many women tell Refuge they feel let down by the police, and Refuge has long campaigned for better training for officers and a mandatory arrest policy for perpetrators. In 2013, Refuge was instrumental in the then-Home Secretary ordering an inspection of police forces’ responses to domestic violence; read Refuge’s response to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s latest report here.


Selected policy responses by theme

For Refuge policy responses and papers published before 2013 – or for any that are missing – please email press@refuge.org.uk