Refuge responds to domestic homicide stats

In response to the domestic homicide statistics released today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said:

‘These statistics are truly horrifying. Domestic violence is a national travesty and the biggest issue facing women and girls worldwide.

At Refuge we know only too well what happens when violence against women and girls goes unchallenged, and these statistics should be a wakeup call for politicians and the criminal justice system. Now more than ever, violence against women and girls must be taken seriously. But change will not happen without pressure, and we know that women and girls depend on us to keep pushing for action.

To put it simply, without the necessary action to address violence against women and girls, these appalling statistics are unlikely to be reduced. However, there are immediate measures that the Government can take. These measures need to ensure that women can reach safety quickly – for example by committing statutory funding to refuges. This would be a welcome first step in ensuring that women fleeing domestic abuse are able escape from violent partners.

There is a straightforward route to addressing violence against women and girls, and prioritising the safety of survivors. We hope the government will stick to its welcome commitment and ensure that the Domestic Abuse Bill is given priority in the Queen’s Speech, along with a clear and simple agenda for its passage into law. We know that the Bill has the ability to transform how violence against women and girls is addressed, and we hope that the Prime Minister will reaffirm this when Parliament reconvenes next month.’

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