Press release – Refuge comments on the government’s early release scheme

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A group of 14 organisations working to end violence against women and girls demand that the Government’s controversial prison early release scheme won’t include all perpetrators of domestic abuse. 

Refuge, Women’s Aid, End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), SafeLives, Advance, Respect, alongside 8 other specialist violence against women and girls (VAWG) organisations, are seriously concerned about the End of Custody Supervised License Scheme, as the early release of perpetrators put the mental and physical safety of survivors at risk.  

The group is collectively calling for perpetrators of domestic abuse and other forms of VAWG to be exempt from the scheme, which is set to be expanded further today to allow prisoners to be released up to 70 days before the end of their sentences. 

There are shared concerns about the underfunded and under-resourced Probation Service’s ability to adequately monitor those who are released and protect survivors from further harm.  

Ahead of the expected expansion today of the End of Custody Supervised License Scheme, which could see prisoners being released up to 70 days early, a coalition of VAWG organisations have issued a letter to the Secretary of State, Alex Chalk KC, urging for the exemption of domestic abuse and VAWG perpetrators from the scheme.   

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