Leading names in television and music support the 1in4women campaign. Join them today.

Fiona Bruce: Refuge patron / newsreader

“I know first hand how helpless you can feel when someone you love is experiencing domestic violence. I watched as years of domestic violence turned one of my closest friends into a shadow of her former vivacious, exciting self. I felt frustrated and confused by her choices. All I wanted was for her to leave and be safe. But I knew that what she needed from me was to accept her decisions, to listen to her when she needed me, to make her feel good about herself, and never ever to force her into anything. I'm so proud of the strength and courage she showed, not only to get through years of abuse, but to seek help and start a new life with her children. And I'm so happy to have my wonderful, fun, one-of-a-kind friend back.”

Fiona Bruce

Refuge patron / newsreader

: Refuge supporter, Sheryl Gascoigne

“When you're experiencing domestic violence it can feel like no-one really understands what you're going through. It feels like you're totally alone. That's why I have supported Refuge's campaigning work for more than 25 years, and why I am wholeheartedly behind Refuge and Avon's 1in4women campaign. Domestic violence isn't a private matter. It's an issue that we all have a right to speak out against - and that starts with reaching out to someone you love who might need your help.”

Sheryl Gascoigne

Refuge supporter

Mica Paris: Singer/ Music artist

“We’re all likely to know someone who has experienced domestic violence, or who might even be experiencing domestic violence right now - although we may not know it. Refuge and Avon’s campaign will help us open our eyes to the abuse that may be happening around us, and will give us the confidence to stand up against it. Please take the time to learn about some of the signs and, if you notice them in someone you love, please don’t be afraid to speak out - you could change their life.”

Mica Paris

Singer / music artist

Lauren Laverne: DJ / Television presenter / Author and singer

“It's shocking to think that one-quarter of all the women I know will experience domestic violence at some time in their lives - and that some of them could be going through it right now. It's so important to know what signs to look out for and how to support a friend who is being abused. That's why I'm supporting Refuge and Avon's 1in4women campaign: because the more we all understand about domestic violence, the more women will be able to live free from violence.”

Lauren Laverne

DJ, television presenter, author and singer

Kym Mazelle: Singer / Music artist

“If you're worried about a friend, reach out and say something. Domestic violence happens more often than you might think and its victims often suffer in silence. That's why I'm supporting Refuge and Avon's 1in4women campaign: because knowing how to help a friend can help to bring an end to domestic violence.”

Kym Mazelle

Singer / music artist

Wendy Turner Webster: Journalist / Television presenter

“As a survivor of domestic violence I can't put into words how much it can help a woman suffering abuse to have a friend who is supportive, non-judgemental and willing to listen. You might think you don't know anyone who is being abused - but with 1in4women experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime it's much more common than you may realise. Refuge and Avon's new campaign can help you to spot the warning signs of domestic violence and support a friend who's going through it. Being able to do that can make a world of difference and even save a life.”

Wendy Turner Webster

Journalist / television presenter

Know the signs

There's no simple way to know whether your friend is experiencing domestic violence, but there are signs that you can look out for.


Know the facts

Domestic violence is not about a row “going wrong” or someone “losing control”. On the contrary, domestic violence is all about control.


Know how to help

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