Refuge responds to the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation launch


Refuge is delighted that the Government has launched the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation on International Women’s Day today (8 March) by the Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justice Secretary David Gauke.

We believe there are some very positive elements in the proposed Bill and we are particularly delighted to hear that the Government is committed to building new sustainable funding streams for refuges – which at the moment are in grave danger of collapse if proposed changes go through.

It is also great to see survivors at the heart of the Bill – we have worked hard behind the scenes for a long time to bring this legislation to the fore.

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, says:

“Refuge applauds the intentions of the Government to put survivors at the heart of its efforts to stamp out domestic abuse. We welcome the Government’s commitment to sustainable refuge funding, after recent proposed changes could have meant 4 out of 10 refuges closing. Refuges are a lifeline for many women and children escaping abuse, they provide critical life-saving and life-changing support to thousands of survivors each year.

“Refuge looks forward to working with the Government to develop this new model for refuges and urges it to deliver a world-leading network of safe-havens for the survivors of domestic abuse. Anything less risks undermining the very progress other areas of the Bill represent. Failure to guarantee these essential services to those in need will ultimately lead to more women and children being forced to stay with men who put their lives at risk, failing the people at the very heart of the proposed Bill.”

To find out more about the consultation launch, you can read the full press release from the Government here 

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