Sandra Horley CBE

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This International Women's Day, Let's Celebrate The Incredible Courage Of Domestic Violence Survivors

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2016 | (23:00)

As the chief executive of a charity working to end violence against women, it's tempting to feel disheartened this International Women's Day. Refuge is the largest provider of specialist services for women and children escaping domestic violence in the country. Yet since 2011, we have experienced cuts to 80% of...

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My Money, My Life - A Rallying Cry Against Financial Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (23:00)

Domestic violence is often more than physical violence alone. A physical assault can be easy to identify but other ways of controlling a person are more insidious and can be harder for victims to recognise. This is often because these controlling behaviours are so embedded within normative beliefs about the...

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Walk4 a World Without Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2015 | (13:04)

One in four women in Britain will experience domestic violence.

To this day I still find that figure shocking. It is easy to get lost in a sea of statistics and fail to remember that 'one in four women' represent real lives ripped apart by violence and...

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

(25) Comments | Posted 13 June 2015 | (00:00)

Recent research from Professor Sylvia Walby has shown that the scale of violence against women is downplayed in official statistics. After nearly 40 years in the field, this comes as no surprise to me. Refuge has argued for decades that official statistics about the scale of domestic violence...

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

(8) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (23:00)

A debate has opened up on whether the law around domestic violence needs to be strengthened. Specifically, the Home Office is considering proposals to criminalise 'coercive control' - which is defined by the government as "an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2012 | (15:08)

Domestic violence is a deadly, insidious crime which affects thousands of people up and down the country. One woman in four will experience abuse at some point in her lifetime. Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a former or current partner.

And yet, despite...

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