Refuge delighted to receive £250,000 share of Tampon Tax fund for Technological Empowerment Programme


Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive, said:

“Refuge is delighted to have been awarded a £250,000 share of the Government’s Tampon Tax fund. With this money, Refuge will develop and deliver a three-year Technological Empowerment Programme for women who have experienced gender based violence.

“Refuge supports almost 5,000 women and children on any given day. We have seen a substantial increase in the number of cases of “tech abuse”, where perpetrators misuse technology to abuse, control, humiliate and isolate women. Where in the past an abuser may have phoned his partner every half an hour to ensure she did not leave the house, now, he might use cameras, spyware or GPS software to put her under surveillance. When it comes to technology, the possibilities for abuse are endless – whether it is sending abusive emails, hijacking a woman’s social media account, or posting intimate pictures of her online.

“With this funding, Refuge will ensure all of its frontline staff are equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century and give women and children the best possible support.”

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