It’s one thing to know the facts about violence against women. It’s another thing to play your part in helping to end violence against women on both a personal and a social level.
Even if you have never experienced or witnessed domestic violence or sexual assault, it is very likely you will know someone who has. They could even be going through it right now. It is important that everyone is able to recognise the signs that someone might be being abused, so they can take the appropriate action to either find out more or get outside help if needed.
- Violence against women thrives in a society where women are valued less highly than men. By challenging that attitude you can help to create a more equal world
- Have the courage to say something when you hear sexist comments or jokes, or someone making light of dating violence or sexual assault
- If you’re worried about a friend learn how you can support them. Visit www.1in4women.com
- Don’t be afraid to reach out for help – for yourself, for someone you know, or because you’re worried about your own behaviour
Thomas Davis, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, Carolina Panthers OLB
Remember you or the person you are worried about can call the Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Refuge and Women’s Aid, for confidential support, 0808 2000 247.
Find out more:
- Refuge – recognising abuse
- Refuge – planning to leave
- Refuge – help for children
- Men Can Stop Rape – bystander intervention. How would you help? quiz
- Draw the Line – scenario posters
- Decisions that matter – an interactive experience (takes around 10 minutes from start to end)
- White Ribbon Campaign – make your pledge
- Respect phoneline – help and information
- Men’s advice line – help and information
- Make your move campaign
- White Ribbon Campaign – get involved