Press Release

22 September 2022

Refuge comment on Police Officers found guilty of misogynistic messages with Wayne Couzens

Ruth Davison, CEO of Refuge, said:

“This guilty verdict, while it will not undo the damage these men have done, at least shows that the criminal justice system is starting to understand the ways in which misogyny manifests.

That these police officers – the very people who should protect women and girls from harm – are sharing this content, in a group with the man who kidnapped and killed a young woman, should horrify every single current or serving police officer. I call on them to commit to challenge these behaviours wherever they see them.

It’s time for the force to stop hiding behind the ‘one bad apple’ narrative and make an unequivocal commitment to eradicate this behaviour right across policing. Women deserve better.”


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