Know Her Name

On the 6th of February 2015, Refuge published a list of 268 names to commemorate the lives of women killed in the context of domestic violence from 2010 to 2013.

Two women every week are killed by their partners or former partners in England and Wales alone. Continuing throughout February 2015, the #KnowHerName campaign aimed to highlight the real women behind the statistics – sisters, daughters, mothers – who have tragically lost their lives. Refuge called on its supporters to speak out for the dead to protect the living, and urged people to sign its petition urging the Government to open a public inquiry into the police and state response to domestic violence.

Working with families

A number of families who have lost loved ones to domestic violence backed Refuge’s call for a public inquiry into the police and state response to domestic violence. Find out more about these families’ campaigns for justice – and the women they tragically lost – here.

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The #KnowHerName graphic names every single woman killed in the context of domestic violence between January 2010 and December 2013, putting names, faces, and stories to the shocking statistics. Click here to view the image.

 


Stacy BannerChristine and Lucy Lee, mother and daughter, were killed by Christine’s partner John Lowe in 2014. Stacy Banner, sister to Lucy and daughter to Christine, said:

 

“I had heard the statistic that two women are killed every week by a partner or ex-partner. But I never thought that one week those two women would be my two women – my mum and my sister.

 

Domestic violence has to stop. It is unacceptable that so many women and children still live in fear for their lives and are so let down by the agencies designed to protect them. There needs to be a public inquiry into what is going wrong. In memory of my mum, Christine, and my sister, Lucy.”

Click here to read the stories of other families who have lost loved ones to domestic violence.