Domestic Violence: Refuge 1 in 4 campaign

Today we here at More Than A Mum want to start a conversation. It is not an easy conversation to start.  It is about Domestic Violence.

Refuge and Avon have teamed up in the 1 in 4 campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence.  They are using the statistic 1 in 4 as this is the number of women who suffer some form of domestic violence in their lives.  As part of their campaign they are asking people to start a conversation to end domestic violence. So here we are, starting a conversation with you.

Between the 25th November and the 10th December they are asking people tell a friend everyday about the 1 in 4 campaign.  There are ready made facebook status updates and tweets to help you out  and there is also a facebook app you can download.  Just raising awareness and helping to get people talking about such a taboo subject is the first and most difficult step.  Support this campaign by talking to someone else.  If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, then the Refuge has a wealth of information and support available to support you.

Refuge is a women’s charity, standing up for women in domestic violence. Women are most often the victims in domestic violence situations and it can be very difficult for them to escape the relationship.  It is not only women who are the victims in domestic violence, however, there are men who live with abusive partners too.  It is estimated that between a quarter and a half of domestic violence victims are men. This is sometimes even more difficult to talk about.

As well as highlighting Refuge’s brilliant campaign here and encouraging you to take part, I wanted to post a link to a men’s advice charity.  Let’s start a conversation about all victims of domestic violence.

R

4 comments

  • Excellent – couldnt agree more. I worked for a charity for three years counselling survivors of domestic violence. That statistics are shocking,and the highest percentage of women who end up murdrered as a result are those who decided to leave home and the partner came after them.

    • This is one of the numerous reasons why women don’t leave abusive relationships and that is one of the hardest things for friends and relations who are trying to support to understand.

  • Jo english

    I stayed in an abusive marriage for 15 years. I stayed in women’s aid hostels a couple of times and did not tell anyone for years. Eventually got help to leave with my children, through a friend. Now I tell everyone I can about signs of domestic violence and raise awareness where I can. This subject needs more highlighting by the government.

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