Speak Up, Save a Life: a new campaign from Refuge and Red Magazine

New Refuge and Red Magazine campaign to see more life-saving domestic violence advocates work with all police forces

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Domestic abuse is not “someone else’s problem” – it is everyone’s problem. We will all know someone who is experiencing domestic violence, we just might not realize it yet.  That’s why Refuge and Red Magazine launched the Speak Up, Save a Life campaign this week, calling for greater support for victims of domestic violence.

March’s edition of Red Magazine, out now, details the harrowing stories of Jo Brown, Katie Summers and Maria Stubbings. All three women were subjected to campaigns of harassment, stalking and intimidation which led to their murders at the hands of the ex partners. In the magazine their friends and family talk about how these women were murdered and call for us all to campaign for a change.

We want every police force in the country to work effectively with Independent Domestic Violence Advocates to help prevent domestic abuse and save lives.  Advocates ensure that women who are at high risk of being harmed or killed by their partner or ex-partner are given essential support to avoid serious harm and injury. Refuge’s advocates work hard to keep a woman and her child safe, but the team will also support her through the often daunting legal process and help her access wider support so she can start to rebuild her life free from violence.

“I was given help and support throughout a very frightening and painful period after I was assaulted. Just knowing that I could call someone and get that help was wonderful – it certainly helped me to recover.” – A woman supported by an IDVA

Two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales and  30 women attempt  suicide every week in this country to escape domestic violence.  We need 100,000 signatures which will then ensure this debate can go to the House of Commons. Go on, speak up, save a life.

The average cost for an IDVA to support a woman and her children is around £500.  In comparison, the cost to the criminal justice system of responding to a serious injury is over £9,000.  The costs to the health service are estimated to be the same again.

The campaign petition is calling for more IDVAs to work alongside the country’s police forces so that more effective support can be given to women who are at high risk of serious injury and harm because of domestic violence.  The number of IDVAs we are recommending will be proportionate to the size of the population being supported by that police force.

Please take two minutes of your time to sign the petition and make a real difference to the lives of women and children today and in the future, and text RRED12 £2 to 70070 to make a small donation to Refuge.