Friday, 12 August 2011

Refuge: 1 in 4 women

Today, domestic violence is the biggest issue affecting women and children in this country. I'm sure we all know of someone who has experienced it, or at least there will be someone in all of our lives who is living through it in silence.

For the last three years Refuge and Avon have worked together to raise awareness of this horrific crime and to support women suffering in silence. Many people know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but few know that twice as many are affected by the scourge of domestic violence.

On Thursday 11 August 2011, a new Facebook App will be revealed which will show you what 1in4women could mean to your world. The 1in4women campaign calls on women to learn and recognise the signs of domestic violence so that they can support a friend who might be suffering now, or in the future.

With only 16 per cent of women reporting incidents to the police, the majority of domestic violence is suffered in silence. We hope to empower women with the skills to help make this stop. But to do this we need to create mass awareness of the issue and of our campaign.

1in4women campaign launches on Thursday 11 August. Please support Refuge and speak out against domestic violence by downloading their 1in4women app and tweeting about the campaign:

#1in4women experience domestic violence. I’m supporting @Avon_UK & @RefugeCharity to help break the silence http://www.facebook.com/oneinfourwomen

Refuge has come a long way since it opened the world’s first refuge in 1971. What started out as a single house in Chiswick, West London, has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of emergency accommodation and specialist support for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

On any given day, we support 1,600 women and children through our national network of refuges and community based support. It costs us £10million every year to provide our life-saving and life-changing services and from every £1 we fundraise 83p goes directly to our services.

Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety. To find out more, please click here: http://refuge.org.uk/