Refuge comments ahead of Public Bill Committee for the Online Safety Bill

 

Commenting on today’s Public Bill Committee for the Online Safety Bill, Ruth Davison, CEO of Refuge, said:

“Today the Online Safety Bill is back before Parliament for scrutiny by the Bill Committee. This presents a huge opportunity for the Bill to be strengthened and for the Government to show it is serious about tackling online violence against women and girls.

“For too long social media companies have not been held to account when abuse is perpetrated on their platforms, including domestic abuse, stalking, and online grooming of girls.

“Last week a coalition of experts including Refuge published a violence against women and girls Code of Practice. If adopted, the code would mean that for the first time, social media companies would be regulated to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls perpetrated on their platforms.

“Refuge is pleased to have the opportunity to give expert evidence today at the Bill Committee and hopes the Government will hear our calls and include the Code of Practice in the Bill as a priority.”

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Interviews available on request. Please contact the Press Office on 0207 395 7731 or email press@refuge.org.uk.

Notes to Editors
  1. To watch Jessica Eagelton (Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Refuge) give evidence at today’s Public Bill Committee violence against women and girls evidence session for the Online Safety Bill visit the parliament website.
  2. You can view the press release for the violence against women and girls Code of Practice on our website.
  3. For a copy of the code of practice please email florri_burton@refuge.org.uk
  4. About Refuge
    Refuge supports thousands of women and children on any given day, and runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which is the gateway to accessing specialist support across the country. More than one in four women in England and Wales experiences domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, and two women a week are killed by a current or former partner.
    Please signpost to Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247, available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for free, confidential specialist support. Or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk to fill in a webform and request a safe time to be contacted or to access live chat (live chat available 3pm-10pm, Monday to Friday). For real time automated guidance on how to secure your personal devices Refuge also has a Tech Safety Tool.
    Visit Refuge’s Tech Safety Website at www.RefugeTechSafety.org for information on tech abuse and to find guidance on how to secure your personal and home devices. For real time automated support Refuge also has a Tech Safety Tool.