Together with Refuge, the UK’s leading domestic violence charity, we are raising awareness of victims who feel they are unable to speak out or do not know where to seek support this 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.
38% of abuse victims are unsure where to seek help and 60% do not believe they will be taken seriously*. Rachael Slack is one women who did not recognise her experience as abuse and who did not know she was able to access support from organisations such as Refuge.
Rachael’s sister in law Melony is bravely speaking out about the issue to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
Having suffered years of threats and emotional abuse, Rachael, her son Auden and unborn baby were murdered by her ex-partner in 2010.
Rachael is described by sister-in-law Melony as “bubbly, outgoing and fun”, someone “who loved painting, fashion and make-up”, and is remembered by as being “funny with a big laugh”.
Melony recalls how Rachael became increasingly “controlled and manipulated” by her partner and shares that, with hindsight and a little bit of understanding, “the signs of abuse are clear to see”.
How can you support?
This 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence we’re looking to raise £16k in 16 days for our charity partner Refuge to help more people to Speak Out and Listen Up. Your donations will help to fund the charity’s frontline services, such as the National Domestic Violence Helpline. Keep your eye on our totaliser above to see how your donations are helping us to reach our target. .
Here’s how you can get involved….
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FOR FREE HELP AND SUPPORT 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK CALL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE RAN BY REFUGE ON 0808 200 247.
*Research by the Avon Foundation, 2018