Ruth Davison has been appointed the new CEO of Refuge, joining from Comic Relief where she was interim CEO.
She was also worked for the Princes Trust International, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and Crisis.
“Ruth brings to Refuge a wealth of experience, expertise and insights and a deep commitment to addressing domestic abuse and inequality,” said Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, chairwoman of Refuge’s board of trustees.
Davison said: “I am a firm believer that no one should live in fear of violence, intimidation or control, and it has been deeply alarming to see the rise in domestic abuse during the pandemic. The outstanding services and support of Refuge will play a crucial role in helping some of the most vulnerable women and families throughout the Covid-19 recovery.”
The organisation points out the appointment comes at a time it is supporting a greater number of women and children than ever before – more than 7,000 on any given day – and with domestic abuse never higher up on the political or public agenda than now. The government’s Domestic Abuse Bill is currently working its ways through Parliament.
Refuge’s previous CEO Sandra Horley retired last July after 37 years in the role.