Whistleblowers accuse £210,000-a-year domestic violence charity boss of 'toxic' bullying culture

Mail Online | 6/26/2014 | Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
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The head of domestic abuse charity Refuge has been accused of fostering a bullying culture and 'toxic' atmosphere.

Chief executive Sandra Horley allegedly used the charity's resources to publish a book while earning more than £120,000 a year.

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Management routinely bully and belittle staff, according to a letter signed by 13 of its workers and sent to trustees at the end of 2017.

It has since been handed to The Times after the people behind it feared nothing was being done.

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The letter alleged: 'For a charity that empowers women in its services, the situation in head office is unfortunately very different. The atmosphere is toxic.'

Ms Horley is also accused of hiring family members to fill sensitive roles at the charity.

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Eighteen of the 20 members of the Refuge fundraising team left between January and November last year, the letter states.

Ex-workers claim that management forced them to work through the night. They say that they were allowed to go home to change clothes before coming back to the office.

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Several have reportedly sought help for mental health issues over the alleged behaviour.

The letter says Ms Horley used 'significant staff resource and time' to re-edit and publish her book, Power and Control.

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Profits from the book, which bore the charity's logo, went to Ms Horley as opposed to Refuge.

Her husband, Julian Nieman, is Refuge's only photographer and shoots vulnerable women staying...
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