Don’t Ignore Domestic Violence Month – November 2005

Don’t Ignore Domestic Violence month

November 2005


Domestic violence kills more 19-44 year old women than anything else.  Refuge, national domestic violence charity, and everywoman, the leading resource provider for women in business, are asking the general public to take a stand against domestic violence by sending a text message* to show their support.  Not only will the charity benefit financially but supporters who text in will be entered into a prize draw to win one of nine fabulous prizes.


The prize draw heralds the launch of Don’t Ignore Domestic Violence month in November and also marks International Violence Against Women Day on 25th November.  Refuge and everywoman are working together to raise money and awareness of a crime which kills two women every week in England and Wales.


Sandra Horley, OBE, chief executive of Refuge, said: ‘For too long domestic violence has been a hidden crime in this country, excused and ignored.  Just five texts would mean that the Refuge team can give a child an hour’s worth of counselling – just imagine what we could do to support women and children if we received 500 texts.  Domestic violence is everybody’s responsibility – but only when we all stand up to the issue will we see enduring change.  Let’s hope that we can all make a big difference this November.’

Maxine Benson and Karen Gill, co-founders of everywoman, said: ‘Everywoman is committed to working with Refuge as we believe that no woman or child should have to live with violence or fear. Raising awareness and funding is crucial, so please send your £1.50 text to Refuge, and spread the word among your friends and family asking them to do the same.’

There are nine fantastic prizes up for grabs which include a pair of centre court Wimbledon tickets to see the men’s final, lunch at the River Café, a PS2, a tour of the Coronation Street set and a luxury spa weekend break at Bovey Castle in Devon.

To enter the text to donate prize draw all you have to do is answer the question below and text REFUGE ‘A or B or C’ to 81800

What is Don’t Ignore It month all about?

a) domestic violence

b) the environment

c) poverty


Your text message must start with the word Refuge leave a space and enter your answer (either A, B or C). For example: Refuge A.

You can also pick the prize you would like to win. Each prize has been given a number so this gives you a chance to select the prize that you would like to win. So if it’s the Wimbledon tickets that you’re after just text: Refuge A 1.

Or if you don’t mind which prize you win just text: Refuge A, B or C.

The more you text, the more chances you have to win.

To find out more about the competition and all the prizes visit:

* Texts cost £1.50 plus usual text rate.  Rates vary with network operators.  Please check with your network operator for details.