Refuge response to Domestic Abuse Bill second reading


In response to the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national Domestic Abuse charity Refuge said:

“Refuge is pleased that Robert Buckland presented the Domestic Abuse Bill for its second reading in Parliament today. This Bill is many years in the making and the product of incredibly hard work across the sector.

The Bill has the potential to transform the response to domestic abuse –  but to be effective, Refuge hopes to work with Government to make sure the Bill goes further. Statutory funding for refuges is essential. Women must be able to flee their violent partners and find safety. The Bill must ensure that domestic abuse survivors are in priority need for housing, and must end the ‘postcode lottery’ of support so everyone, regardless of their immigration status, is able to reach safety and access the help they need.

Refuge supports more than 6,500 women on any given day. Two women every week across England and Wales are killed by their former or current partner. We are hopeful that Government will cement its commitment to addressing violence against women and girls by making sure this Bill becomes law with minimal delay. “

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