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  • Writer's pictureGrace Smithen

Domestic Abuse Awareness

October is domestic violence awareness month and I am advocate for refuge.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, economic, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.

I have sat with comforting friends that have been abused by their partner and listened to them say “next time they do it I’ll leave” and things like “it was my fault it happened”.


Did you know?

You are not alone

  • 1 woman in 4 will experience domestic abuse over the course of her lifetime.

  • Every 30 seconds the police receive a call for help relating to domestic abuse.

  • Every day, our Helpline team speaks to more than 100 survivors and those supporting them .

  • Right now, Refuge is supporting around 6,500 women and children to rebuild their lives following abuse.

If you need support or advice for yourself or a friend then please visit or phone 08082000247

Join me this October and show your support 💗

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