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Domestic Violence in the UK

10 December, 2019 @ 17:00

Domestic Violence in the UK

Speaker: Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive, Refuge Born
Date of Lecture: Tuesday 10 December 2019

Time: 17:00

The lecture will take place at University’s Law Court, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB.

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The Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton is delighted to invite you to a lecture entitled “Domestic Violence in the UK.” Speaker Sandra Horley, CBE, Chief Executive, Refuge.

Due to domestic violence in the UK increasing, the University of Bolton is proud to have a lecture presented by Sandra Horley that will focus on the human and social cost in its varied forms with a wider audience. In the UK, a place we call home and group of nations we generally think of as civilized with a love of human rights, justice and equality has a darker side with domestic violence lurking in plain sight with the escape route not one anyone would wish to take. At times, we may even discover it could be someone close to us, our mother, sister or daughter experiencing some form of domestic violence at the hands of the very person she may have treasured.

“It is important for everyone to learn about the various forms of domestic violence because we can all do something to stop it” states Sandra Horley.

In 2018, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides with 75% of those unlawfully killed being women. This statistic tallies with a Refuge often repeated mantra, “every week, another two women escape domestic violence.”

The lecture will take place on 10th December 2019 at 17:00, University’s Law Court, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB

Sandra Horley CBEAbout Sandra Horley. CBE

Chief Executive of Refuge was born in Canada and awarded a BA in Sociology by the prestigious McGill University, Montreal. Sandra has worked with women and children escaping domestic and other forms of gender-based violence in the UK for nearly four decades. Since 1983 she has been Chief Executive of Refuge, the world’s first shelter founded in London for women and children escaping domestic violence.

Previously working as director of the Haven Project in Wolverhampton supporting abused and homeless women and children. Sandra has 40 years’ experience designing, managing and delivering support services to women and children experiencing domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, forced marriage and violence, forced prostitution and human trafficking.

Sandra has played a pivotal role in raising the UK Government’s awareness of domestic violence and lobbied for change in policy and legislation. Sandra has advised Governments internationally on gender-based violence, criminal justice and supported the development of domestic violence strategies. Sandra was invited to be a member of UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel and is a member of the Home Secretary’s national oversight committee to improve police response to domestic violence. She was also invited by the United Nations to participate in the publication of an international manual for criminal justice practitioners.

In November 2006 London South Bank University awarded Sandra title of Honorary Fellow in recognition of her dedication and commitment to protection of women and children both nationally and internationally. Sandra was named the Voluntary Sector Achiever of the Year at the Dods and Scottish Widows Women in Public Life Awards 2008. She was chosen to receive the prestigious Outstanding Achiever of the Year Award in recognition of her commitment and leadership over the last 25 years. In 2010, National Magazine Company and Hearst UK named her one of the 100 most influential women in the UK. Sandra was appointed OBE for ‘services to the protection of women and children’ and subsequently in 2011 she was appointed CBE for ‘services to the prevention of domestic violence’.

About the Centre for Islamic Finance

The Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton was launched in 2012 directed by Professor Mohammed Kayed Abdel-Haq, a British Jordanian of Palestinian origin. The centre prides itself on inclusivity and breaking down barriers to create understanding, partnerships and collaborative working between all civilisations and faiths. It is the guiding principle of the Centre and informs the work done with professionals, academics and the wider community to promote dialogue and universal values.

The centre is proud to maintain strong links with organisations and continues to go from strength to strength in attracting students and partnerships globally.

About the University of Bolton

The University of Bolton is a Teaching Intensive/Research Informed Higher Education Institution whose distinctive high quality, student-focused, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes attract applications worldwide. An exciting and challenging student experience with high levels of proactive student support is provided with state-of-the-art facilities matching the quality of its academic provision.

The university has been awarded a silver rating in The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and was recently voted number one for student satisfaction in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019.


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