Press Release

10 February 2022

Refuge responds to the resignation of Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick

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Refuge responds to the resignation of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick

Ruth Davison, Refuge CEO said:

“Cressida Dick presided over an institution that saw police officers displaying misogynistic behaviour and committing horrific acts of violence against women, time and time again.

But one resignation at the top doesn’t mean the police have solved their misogyny problem. The police service in this country needs root and branch reform – as Refuge has repeatedly called for.

The Met is an institution that is supposed to uphold the law and protect women and girls from violence and abuse. It’s no wonder women do not feel confident to report crimes committed against them with the Met’s track record. Strong action must be taken by the new Commissioner to rebuild this trust.”


Notes to Editors

Refuge supports thousands of women and children on any given day, and runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which is the gateway to accessing specialist support across the country. More than one in four women in England and Wales experiences domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, and two women a week are killed by a current or former partner.

Please signpost to Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247, available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for free, confidential specialist support. Or visit to fill in a webform and request a safe time to be contacted or to access live chat (live chat available 3pm-10pm, Monday to Friday). For support with tech abuse visit