Today, domestic violence is the biggest issue affecting women and children in this country. 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. This August they're launching a powerful, new campaign - 1in4women - which focuses on the shocking reality that one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. 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.
The 1in4women campaign calls on women to learn and recognise the signs of domestic violence so that they can help a friend who might be suffering now, or in the future. Refuge are asking women to speak out against domestic violence and reach out to support a friend in need by liking their dedicated facebook page or by visiting www.1in4women.com.
"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."
Please take a minute to do your bit.