Press Release

2 November 2020

Refuge responds to Johnny Depp losing his libel case

In response to Johnny Depp losing his libel case against The Sun. Lisa King, Refuge’s director of communications and external relations said:

‘This is an important ruling and one which we hope sends a very powerful message: Every single survivor of domestic abuse should be listened to and should be heard. No survivor should ever have her voice silenced. A common tactic used by perpetrators of domestic abuse is to repeatedly tell victims that no one will believe them –  and to use power and control to try and silence them. What we have seen today is that power, fame and financial resources cannot be used to silence women. That is a welcome message for survivors of domestic abuse around the world.  We stand in solidarity with Amber Heard who has shown immense bravery in speaking up and speaking out.

One in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime – it is the most pressing issue facing women and girls. Domestic abuse is a crime and it is vital that it is treated with the seriousness it deserves. If you need support Refuge is here for you. We will believe you and you will be heard. You can call us free, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247, or visit You are not alone’

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