Refuge chief executive, Sandra Horley, publishes new edition of ‘Power and Control’


SandraH-3720-B735Refuge chief executive, Sandra Horley CBE, has published a new edition of her ground-breaking book Power and Control: why charming men can make dangerous lovers. 

In Power and Control, Sandra Horley draws on over 35 years of experience supporting abused women to provide an insight into the reality behind the mask of the charming man.

Since the first edition of Sandra Horley’s book, there has been a shift in public attitudes when it comes to domestic violence. Now, domestic violence appears on the front pages of newspapers and in the nation’s favourite soap operas. Legislation has been strengthened, and many more women now know there is support and they do not need to suffer in silence.

Yet domestic violence remains one of the biggest issues affecting women and children in our society:

  • One woman in four will experience domestic violence at some point in her life
  • Two women are killed by their current or former partner every single week in England and Wales alone
  • The National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid, receives more than 86,000 calls a year, many from women fearing for their lives  

It is clear that even 25 years on from the first edition of Power and Control, the pattern of men controlling women endures. What has evolved though, are some of the methods of control. Technology has a major role to play in the abuse of women and has provided abusers with an array of new weapons, which give them the power to terrorise and control a woman from a distance.

Power and Control is the real story of domestic violence, a story of men whose charm hides a darker truth – the ability to inflict devastating emotional and physical damage. But ultimately it is a story of courage and strength, told by women who have reclaimed their lives so that others may too.

You can buy the book here.

About the Author

Sandra Horley has been the Chief Executive of Refuge, the national domestic violence charity, since 1983. She has been working in the field of domestic violence for almost four decades, supporting women and children experiencing all forms of male violence and abuse.

A committed campaigner on behalf of abused women and children, Sandra has not only played a pivotal role in raising the profile of domestic violence in the UK amongst the public, she has lobbied effectively for changes in government policy and legislation. She also advises governments internationally on gender-based violence and criminal justice.

Sandra received a CBE in 2011 for ‘services to the prevention of domestic violence’ and an OBE in 1999 for ‘services to the protection of women and children’. Under her leadership, Refuge was named Charity of the Year 2016 at the Charity Times Awards for its outstanding services and dedication to its clients in a difficult funding climate. Refuge currently supports almost 5,000 women and children on any given day.

Sandra was featured on the front page of the Guardian’s Family section on Saturday 24 June, talking about the book.

All royalties are donated by Sandra Horley to Refuge.

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Photography copyright Julian Nieman for Refuge