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Avon: Domestic violence and women's empowerment
As the company for women, Avon is committed to supporting the causes that matter most to women. We are passionate about speaking out against domestic violence and addressing this ugly issue that affects one in four women in the UK. Working closely with our charity partners we are dedicated to raising vital funds for life-saving services, lobbying the government for change and breaking down the silence surrounding domestic violence. In the UK, Avon supports national domestic violence charities Refuge and Women's Aid and international charity UNIFEM.
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Avon and Refuge's Four Ways to Speak Out
Against Domestic Violence
In 2009 Avon and national domestic violence charity Refuge launched the Four Ways to Speak Out campaign, giving everyone four easy ways to help put an end to domestic abuse:
  • Speak to the government: sign our petition
  • Speak out to save lives: buy and wear Avon's empowerment jewellery
  • Speak to your local community: display our poster
  • Speak to your friends and family: ask them to join our campaign
Every week up to two women are killed by a current or former partner and ten more commit suicide in order to escape domestic abuse. With your help we can start to put an end to this shocking statistic.
Empowerment necklaceAvon's Empowerment necklace helps raise funds for, and awareness of, domestic violence. All UK proceeds from the Empowerment Necklace will go to Domestic Violence Charities.
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  • Show your solidarity
  • Show off your necklace
Visit www.avonshop.co.uk to buy this necklace to help us end domestic violence for women across the world*.

Avon and Women's Aid
Empowering Women Awards
In 2010, Avon joined forces with national domestic violence charity, Women's Aid, and popular consumer magazine, Marie Claire, to honor inspirational women in the UK at the first-ever Avon and Women's Aid Empowering Women Awards.

The awards recognise the amazing achievements and outstanding bravery of women survivors of domestic violence and those who work and campaign to support victims of abuse through three categories; Woman Survivor of the Year, Marie Claire Campaigner Against Domestic Violence and Grass Roots Hero.

Following public nominations, a panel of high profile judges: Avon Global ambassador Reese Witherspoon, Avon UK President Anna Segatti, Women's Aid ambassador Sarah Brown, Women's Aid ambassador Tana Ramsay, Women's Aid chief executive Nicola Harwin and Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin, selected three winners from the many inspiring stories received.

In June our awards ceremony, held at The Dorchester Hotel in London, was attended by VIPs including Women's Aid ambassador Sarah Brown, and supporters Fay Ripley and Beverley Knight, who also presented awards at the exclusive event. Other guests, including actress Angela Griffin and TV presenter, Lisa Faulkner, attended the afternoon tea held in honour of the winners.

Empowering Women Awards

Avon and Women's Aid Empowering Women Award Winners
Empowering Women Awards
Angela Tucker, Avon National Sales Director, with Women's Aid Patron Sarah Brown, Fay Ripley, Beverly Knight and Charlie Webster.
Woman Survivor of the Year
This award was presented by Beverley Knight and Nicola Harwin, chief executive of Women's Aid to Kerry Whincup. Kerry, from Devon, suffered horrifically at the hands of an abusive partner for over seven years and has since dedicated more than 13 years to helping other women escape abuse in the South-West.

Marie Claire Campaigner Against Domestic Violence
This award was presented by Women's Aid ambassador, Sarah Brown and editor of Marie Claire magazine Trish Halpin to Lesley Patterson. Lesley, from Liverpool, was nominated by her daughter Emma Hayes in recognition of over 30 years' commitment to creating and safeguarding vital domestic violence support services in the Merseyside area.

Empowering Women Awards
Angela Tucker and Fay Ripley present Sue Ashcombe-Hurt with her award.
Grass Roots Hero
This award was presented by Avon's Angela Tucker and actress and Women's Aid supporter Fay Ripley to Susan Ashcombe-Hurt. Susan, a volunteer at Crewe Women's Aid, has been given the award in recognition of a decade of dedication as a volunteer treasurer and trustee in expanding service provision and making every penny count. Susan will also receive a £10,000 donation from Avon to put towards equipping and setting up a volunteer program for an outreach support centre in Crewe.

Angela Tucker, Avon UK Sales Director commented:
"With one in four women in England and Wales affected by domestic violence, it has been an honour for Avon to be part of these deserving awards and recognise the achievements of those committed to improving the lives of women affected by domestic violence.

"Speaking with the remarkable winners was truly inspirational: these women really are making a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable women in society. For over 50 years, Avon, as the company for women, has been dedicated to empowering women in the UK and committed to supporting the causes that matter most to women. By working with Women's Aid, Avon is helping to facilitate better services for women experiencing domestic violence, whilst ensuring that this ugly issue is addressed."

Anna Segatti, Group Vice President, Avon Western Europe and Middle East commented:
"We should all play a part in breaking down the barrier of silence around domestic violence, which has been kept in the dark for too long. By working with Women's Aid, Avon can help facilitate better services for women experiencing domestic violence and give them the ways to speak more openly about abuse. At Avon we believe that if you empower women you can change the world. These awards celebrate the courage of women who have experienced domestic violence and the unflagging efforts of those who support them."