How you can help

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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.

Recognising abuse

Signs that a friend or family member is being abusive to their partner
Who to contact if someone you know is being abusive
Signs that someone could be being abused

Speaking out

  • 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
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out for help – for yourself, for someone you know, or because you’re worried about your own behaviour
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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.