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Refuge, Avon and Women's Aid survey on domestic violence

Last Tuesday saw the launch of a survey commissioned by Refuge, Avon and Women's Aid as part of Avon's 'Speaking Out in Her Name' campaign, which calls for domestic violence to receive the same level of attention as other high profile issues.

2000 women in the UK were surveyed, revealing that women do not understand what constitutes domestic violence. The report also showed that although women named domestic violence as the single biggest issue that is likely to affect them during their lifetime, a third of all respondents (33%) would not know where to seek support. Over half (51%) of those questioned then stated that they know or suspect that someone in their life has experienced domestic violence.

On Tuesday morning, Alesha Dixon, Avon's Beauty and Empowerment Ambassador, led survivors of domestic violence, families of victims and campaigners on a walk of hope around Westminster to commemorate the women who have died as a result of domestic violence. The survey findings were presented at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for domestic and sexual violence on Tuesday evening. Sandra Horley, Chief Executive of Refuge, spoke about the urgent need for the government to invest in powerful awareness raising campaigns. Other speakers included Alesha Dixon, Theresa May and representatives from Women's Aid.

The Guardian highlighted today that domestic violence figures remain at worryingly high levels. Citizens Advice have found that there has been a huge spike in the number of women coming forward and reporting that they are victims of domestic violence.

The Guardian article

Shockingly, two women are killed by current or former partners every single week in England and Wales. Avon, Refuge and Women's Aid believe that education is key to improving awareness and changing attitudes of future generations.

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