Sandra Horley, CBE, who heads the national domestic violence charity, Refuge, spoke on the subject of ‘Domestic Violence in the UK’, at the invitation of the University’s Centre for Islamic Finance.
Sandra, who has been CEO of the organisation for more than 35 years, told the sold-out audience that domestic violence affected all sections of society.
“There are no boundaries. Domestic violence affects every faith, every race, rich or poor, every nation and every corner of every nation.” She added that domestic violence took a huge toll on women and children and that the scale of the problem was huge.
“Police receive a call relating to domestic violence on average every 30 seconds in the UK and many women are left with no money, nowhere to go and no one to turn to. No wonder they don’t leave” she said.
Sandra told the audience of students, VIPs and domestic violence survivors that domestic violence came in many forms.
Psychological abuse and coercive control are the most common forms of abuse, she said.
She added that domestic violence also came at a huge cost to the British economy. The bill each year for England and Wales alone amounts to a staggering £66 billion.
“Refuge supports 6,500 women, children and men every day. One figure that stands out is that 62 per cent of those we help report an end to all abuse.”
Sandra concluded: “Violence against women is unacceptable. We all have a role to play in eliminating sexism and gender inequality in society.”
Professor George E Holmes DL thanked Sandra for her contribution and time he said, “thank you for illuminating such an important issue and sharing your insight.”
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