4 Ways To Speak Out.

I know how much I’ve been enjoying the festive season, stuffing my face with mince pies and mulling wine without a care… I even donned a multitude of knitwear to play in the snow this week, and I’m not ashamed to admit it warmed the cockles of my heart. I hope that all our readers are enjoying Christmas time just as much as I have been but am well aware that for a lot of women, Christmas is a time of fear, isolation and violence.


For a lot of us, Christmas conjures up images of home, and of family. For many women however these words imply danger and harm, in the form of domestic violence.

It has been noted (this week by the Messenger newspaper) that incidents of domestic violence rise during the Christmas period, this being mainly attributed to higher levels of stress, alcohol and increased risk of debt.


To combat this influx,  Refuge and Avon, have teamed up for the wonderful 4 Ways To Speak Out partnership campaign . The campaign highlights a quartet of ways in which we can both support sufferers of domestic violence, and find support for ourselves, or loved ones who we fear may be suffering in silence.

The four proactive suggestions made on the campaign include:

1. Speaking to the Government. By adding your name to the Refuge petition you are taking a stand against violent injustices, the petition calls for an end to the postcode lottery of domestic violence services. Signing is completely free and doesn’t take long to do – so please, show your support and urge everyone you know to do likewise!

2. Speaking to your local community. By downloading and displaying the 4WTSO poster, you are spreading the positive message of the campaign, and reaching women who may not know where to turn to for support.

3. Speak out to save lives. The Avon Empowerment necklace is my ultimate Christmas party accessory, but this one’s for life, too.  All UK proceeds from Avon’s Empowerment Necklace will go to Refuge, the national charity for women and children suffering from domestic violence, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) so please, spare £3 for a great cause and one awesome piece of bling!

4. Speak to your friends and family. Please spread the word of the campaign to all your friends and family, our support is essential to Refuge in their helping of so many victims of domestic violence so please, sign the position, repost this post or just link everyone you know in!

This will be my last post of 2009 so may I take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year, here’s to a healthy, happy 2010!

Yasmin x


By: Yasmin Eshref, 21.12.2009 | Comments (0)
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