Watch this video and click on your own unanswered answers and then share as far and wide as you can to stop domestic abuse. Click on the buttons above the post for easy sharing – thank you

Chances are someone around you is suffering but can’t talk to anyone. I’m very lucky this has never happened to me but it’s a big problem out there and it breaks my heart to think of women being treated so badly and being unable to do anything about it, please help me spread awareness about Refuge and let’s start helping these women to help themselves.

Mari x

The campaign video above – available on as well as YouTube and Avon/Refuge Facebook channels – launches ahead of the international and UN supported campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which starts eleven days later on 25th November 2012.

Tomorrow, 14th November, Avon UK and national domestic violence charity Refuge will launch a ground-breaking, interactive video campaign to encourage people to recognise the signs of domestic violence and learn more about how they can support friends or loved ones who might be experiencing domestic violence.

The “Support a Friend” campaign is the latest phase of the joint ‘1in4women’ campaign, launched by Refuge and Avon last year, reflecting the statistic that one woman in every four will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime.

The video, animated by French musician and film director Fursy Teyssier, will drive people to the campaign website, which offers a wealth of information about the signs and causes of domestic violence. The 1 in 4 Facebook App, launched last year on Refuge’s Facebook page, will continue to be a key part of the campaign which will drive awareness and share the campaign message.  The App works out how many of the users’ female friends could experience domestic violence based on the shocking 1 in 4 statistic.

The Campaign
The striking ‘Support a Friend’ animation video sets up four scenarios and asks viewers what they might consider doing in each situation to support a friend experiencing domestic violence. The animation unfolds in different, dramatic ways according to the responses given.

Get Involved
The video will go live on 14th November 2012 – to tie in with the ‘1 in 4’ statistic – with an official launch at 14:00, the time of day when the Refuge website receives the most visits.  In the days and hours leading up to the launch supporters can visit to sign up to a Thunderclap, which will automatically send the tweet “#1in4women experience domestic violence. Would you know how to #supportafriend? Find out now.” at 14:00 on 14th November 2012 – calling on women everywhere to watch the animated video and learn more about domestic violence.

The campaign video – available on as well as YouTube and Avon/Refuge Facebook channels – launches ahead of the international and UN supported campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which starts eleven days later on 25th November 2012.

At 14.00 on 14th November 2012 thousands of independent Avon Representatives across the UK will be logging on to view the campaign video and urging all their customers to join in and support the cause.

Avon and women's Aid Empowering Women AwardsYou may remember a while back I blogged about Avon’s Empowering necklace which you can buy for only £3.50 and Avon will donate all proceeds to their Domestic Violence charities. It’s really very pretty.

One in four women suffer from domestic violence in their lifetime and two women are killed each week by a violent current or former partner.

Well last week I was very lucky to have been invited to attend the Avon and Women’s Aid Empowering Women 2012 launch event. It was held at the elegant Soho Hotel and I feared I’d be turned away as everything I tried on for the event wouldn’t fit or wasn’t right – I ended up in jeans – again!

Needn’t have worried about the jeans as the focus, strangely enough, wasn’t on me but the Ambassadors Alesha Dixon, Will Young and Charlie Webster.

The annual awards ceremony, now in its third year, is designed to recognise the bravery and achievements of women survivors of domestic violence and those who work tirelessly to support women and children affected by abuse. Alesha who witnessed domestic violence first hand is calling on the people of Britain to nominate themselves or someone they know so they can be recognised for their bravery.

Avon Womens Aid Empowering Women Launch

This year’s award categories include Woman Survivor of the Year, Grass Roots Hero, Child Survivor of the Year and Outstanding Contribution (Judges’ Choice) and nominations can be made can be made at Avon just click on that link for a direct link to the nomination page.

Nominate someone

Women can nominate themselves, or others, at Avon from 24 May to 16 July.  The finalists will be invited to a ceremony at Claridges in London where their outstanding achievements in the fight against domestic violence will be recognised.

Here are my questions to you

  1. Do you know someone you can nominate for their bravery? Please do
  2. Can you share this post on your Facebook page and see it friends of friends know someone? Please do
  3. Do you have a Twitter account? Can you please Tweet this post to your followers? Please do

As the more the word gets out the more Domestic Violence charities can continue to do their very good work.

Shop online and Donate to your charity too

In fact, remember me telling you about Give As You Live? The mind boggling simple way to donate money to charity whilst shopping online? Well you can change your charity as you go along too. I have just clicked on my account and am now supporting Women’s Aid so every time I shop online a percentage of the commission of my purchases will now be donated to Women’s Aid.

I have a few birthdays coming up and Father’s Day of course and Hallmark is one of the over 2000 retailers who pledge to donate a percentage of their commission of my sale to charity, a quick peek tells me today they’re offering a whopping 9% here’s how I did it

I clicked on the Hallmark site and as I have already downloaded the Give As You Live app on my browser (see that little heart top left by the back/forward browser buttons?) this little box appears as soon as it sees I’m in a store that will donate.

Give As You Live donate box

I click YES and a moment later this box pops up to confirm my choice

Give As You Live confirmation box

I shop and pay the price of my shopping only no extras just a normal shop and shortly later I receive an email from Give As You Live to say ‘Thank you Marianne, we’ve just donated xx pence to here goes the name of your charity.’

The best news is you can buy your car insurance, house insurance, clothes, toys and more. Just about everyone’s favourite retailers have signed up, check the list and see for yourself and it doesn’t cost you a penny more.

You can donate to Dogs Homes, Cats Homes, charities for children, homeless, medical research Download it today and get the heart on your browser too

give as You Live download page

Disclosure: Second of four sponsored posts. This is not a pay per click campaign, I was paid a sum of money to promote this good cause via blog posts, Twitter and Facebook

I have been celebrating International Woman’s Day since my first year in Italy (1987) where I first learnt about it. One day in the year when women are praised and appreciated for all they do for their families, for the community and for the world in general. We’re a good bunch us girls and when we decide to do something there’s no stopping us, or the lengths we will go to, to achieve our goal. Last year I took on the Proctor and Gamble 1930’s Housewife challenge which was immense fun and totally exhausting thank goodness for progress!

This year Avon contacted me about their Pass It On Campaign and invited me to back Alesha Dixon in her mission to raise awareness of the Domestic Violence charities I didn’t need to think twice.

If there’s one thing I have always struggled to understand it’s men who beat up their women and I go on to be confused as to why these women feel so loyal they don’t talk about it. I can’t understand why they choose to accept the abuse rather than move out but I guess until you find yourself in such a position yourself you cannot understand the dynamics of these precarious relationships. View Post