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Fiona Bruce to step down as Refuge ambassador over Stanley Johnson comments

Question Time presenter faces claims she made light of domestic violence on last Thursday’s show

The BBC Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce has said she will step back from her role as an ambassador for the charity Refuge after claims she had trivialised domestic violence during a discussion about Stanley Johnson during last week’s programme.

In a statement, Bruce apologised that survivors of domestic abuse had been distressed by her comments, which she said she had been legally obliged to make, but said they had been “mischaracterised” on social media.

In the UK, call the national domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247, or visit Women’s Aid. In Australia, the national family violence counselling service is on 1800 737 732. In the US, the domestic violence hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Other international helplines may be found via www.befrienders.org

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