'Crisis point' as domestic violence refuges close

Victims of domestic violence are at "crisis point" after a number of refuges across the country closed down, a charity has warned.

Many more refuge centres across the country are set to close. Credit: PA

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said it had left some women having to choose between homelessness or living with their abuser.

An investigation by the Guardian newspaper found refuges in Gloucestershire, Cheshire, Dorset, Devon, Sheffield, Nottingham, Somerset, Leeds, Leicestershire and Coventry were either closed or under threat of closure.

"We are at crisis point," Ms Horley told the paper. "Without adequate provision, women experiencing domestic violence will be faced with a stark choice: flee to live rough on the streets or remain with their abuser and risk further violence or even worse."

According to data from 15 police forces, there were 3,305 community resolutions in domestic and sexual violence cases last year - up from 1,337 in 2009.