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.

Three women, one of whom is holding a baby, sitting on a picnic bench.Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill has the potential to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to radically improve the response to domestic abuse and to challenge the gender inequality and attitudes which make domestic abuse pervasive in our society. Download Refuge’s full response to the consultation or our shorter overview document, outlining key issues the Bill must address.

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.

An open purse with money falling outWelfare reform

Recent changes to state benefits are having a significant effect on survivors of domestic abuse. Policies such as the benefit cap, two-child benefit limit and a single-monthly payment to one member of a household under Universal Credit are negatively impacting many survivors. Refuge is campaigning for changes to Universal Credit to increase the number of women who have access to income. Read our evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee here.


Selected policy responses by theme

If you would like any further information about Refuge’s policy consultation responses, please email press@refuge.org.uk