When he was a man called Mark he was locked up after threatening to kill the mother of his child… today she’s a woman called Melissa and able to roam free at a shelter for female domestic violence victims

So sick it’s funny.

Men who identify as women are being allowed to live in refuge hostels for female victims of domestic and sexual violence – even if they have not undergone sex-change treatment but simply say they want to live as a woman, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The move follows a radical change in policy by charities that receive millions of pounds in public money to run refuges for women fleeing abusive relationships.

In one shocking case, The Mail on Sunday discovered that a transgender ex-prisoner and convicted domestic abuser, who made chilling death threats to the mother of his child, has been allowed to come and go from a female-only refuge after he changed his name to Melissa.

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