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In response to the Government’s announcement  of funding for support services for survivors of domestic abuse, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: The announcement by the Government of extra funds to support domestic abuse services is a crucial and welcome temporary measure – but will only go some way towards solving the ongoing funding crisis refuge services are experiencing. Refuges form part of an essential national network of support, yet years of local authority funding cuts have had an impact on their sustainability. Services have been cut to the bone and urgently need a … Continue reading

In response to the CPS Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) statistics released today, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said: ‘These statistics are both disappointing and frustrating. Rape reports to the police are increasing, yet referrals to the CPS are in decline. What sort of message does this send to women? That they will not be believed? That their experiences are not valid? It is crucial that women feel empowered to report abuse and that they have confidence in the system. These statistics should be a wakeup call for culture change within the justice … Continue reading