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Join Refuge On 9 September To Walk4 A World Without Domestic Violence

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

One of the most common myths I have to address time and again about domestic violence is the idea that it is rare. Even though social attitudes have ...

Why Refuge CEO Sandra Horley Is Reminding Women ‘Charming Men Can Make Dangerous Lovers’

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

“He could make you feel as though you were the only woman who had ever existed, he was so charming. He would take me for long walks and hold my hand...

Support Refuge's Wish Of Giving A Gift To All Women And Children Fleeing Domestic Violence This Christmas

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Horley CBE

The wishes made by the women and children Refuge supports are quite different. Women might wish they could wake up safe in their own home. Children might wish they didn't have to leave their school, their friends or their beloved pet to go into a refuge; or that their mum would stop blaming herself for the abuse she has experienced.

A Mother's Advent Calendar

Helen Bryce | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

I then realised that I could be doing a bit more of this myself, after all the way we teach our children is through the examples we set. With everything happening in the world currently it feels like a good way to channel some positive energy and actually do some good.

'The Archers' Harrowing Domestic Abuse Storyline Is Helping Save Real Victims' Lives

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK

A campaign to raise money for domestic violence victims has had a huge surge in support after listeners of a radio play were moved by the plight of a ...

I'm One of the Real Helen Titcheners - And Refuge Saved My Life

Melanie Clarke | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Melanie Clarke

I am glad that Helen's story on The Archers has highlighted the controlling dynamic of domestic violence. I hope women listening, who may be in similar situations, recognise Rob's tactics and reach out to an organisation like Refuge.

This Archers Plotline Inspired People To Give Thousands To Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

A donations page setup on behalf of a fictional character from the world's longest-running radio soap opera has raised over £11,000 for a domestic vi...

What Is It Like Living in a Women's Refuge?

Cash Carraway | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Cash Carraway

She was waiting for me in an Addison Lee outside of St Pancras. She told me she was my key worker. We made small talk as we drove a to a grand Georgian house. We sat in her office for hours filling in forms before she issued me with my PO Box address, door keys and the one refuge rule - no one must know where you are.

Crime Surveys Are Masking the Scale of Domestic Violence - And the Numbers Matter

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

The numbers matter. Without clear and accurate data, women's experiences of violence are written out of the story on British crime, and policy decisions on how to respond to domestic violence are made based on only half of the picture. How do we develop appropriate and effective responses to a crime we do not fully understand? We need to get to the bottom of why in 2015 thousands of women and children are still being traumatised and brutalised in their own homes. We need to understand why women and children are still being killed and killing themselves to escape domestic violence.

The Law on Domestic Violence Needs to Be Strengthened - But Not by Criminalising Coercive Control

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

What is the point of creating new laws when the ones we already have are not being used effectively? A law is only as good as its implementation. It is already possible to prosecute non-physical forms of abuse - including psychiatric injury, threats, stalking and harassment. We need to get the basics right first... I agree that the law needs to be strengthened - but not by criminalising coercive control. Instead, the government needs to abandon its gender-neutral approach to tackling domestic violence and start addressing violence against women for what it truly is - a deeply gendered crime.

Refuge Provision - At Crisis Point?

Vera Baird QC | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics
Vera Baird QC

Statistically, by far the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship and when a women and her children are most likely to be killed is when she seeks help. It is crucial that she is able to leave her home and find a confidential place of safety away from the perpetrator. Without that women will be forced to return to the perpetrator just to ensure that she and her children are not homeless.

Courts Are Putting Victims of Domestic Violence in Danger

Annabel Burn | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

Should a domestic violence victim face prison for withholding their safe/flee address? According to our Justice System and courts the answer is yes!

How To Help A Friend In An Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When the story of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's "playful tiff" broke, there was much speculation as to what was going on behind the scenes. ...

Nigella and Charles: The Headlines Should Be a Collective Rejection of Domestic Violence

Luke Massey | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Luke Massey

While public interest and a macabre voyeurism are evidently powerful drivers in the media's coverage of Charles Saatchi's apparent assault on Nigella Lawson - the headlines everywhere should be a collective rejection of domestic violence.

Domestic Abuse - Terrorism in the Home

Annabel Burn | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

We live in a country that prides itself on it's freedom and equality, and yet thousands of women live here in terror. Domestic Abuse has recently bee...

WATCH: 'One Photo A Day' Domestic Violence Video Goes Viral

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A video documenting a year in the life of a domestic abuse victim has gone viral after being posted on social news site Reddit. Entitled 'One Photo...

How Mobile Phones Are Fighting Domestic Violence

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

In the UK - where, unbeknown to many, two women die every week as a result of domestic violence - high smartphone and tablet penetration has enabled digital media to be used effectively in raising awareness.

Sarah O'Meara

Alesha Dixon Launches 'Support A Friend' Domestic Violence Quiz | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

If the key to reducing cases of abuse in the home is to get people talking about the problem, then an interactive video quiz, supported by singer Ales...

How to Support a Survivor of Domestic Abuse

Sam Ambreen | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Ambreen

When 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives, we all need to be prepared to deal with the fact that it might happen to someone we love. If you suddenly found out that your sister was being abused by her loving, doting husband, how would you react?

Don't Cover It Up: The Real Women Behind the Lauren Luke Video

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

Refuge today launched a hard-hitting video campaign with makeup artist Lauren Luke. In the video, Lauren applies makeup to cover what look like fresh cuts and bruises on her face. Her injuries are, in fact, fake, but for thousands of women up and down the country, this is the reality of their everyday lives.

'A Gentle Off-Tone Can Cover Any Fresh Bruising'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK

Online make-up guru Lauren Luke has encouraged women to speak out if they are experiencing domestic violence in a campaign video for Refuge. The ch...