Speak up, save a life

Refuge and Red magazine have joined forces to campaign for more life-saving services for victims of domestic violence.


Two women are killed by current or former partners every single week in England and Wales. Throughout 2012 and 2013, Refuge and Red magazine are running a powerful campaign to help change this horrific statistic.

We want to increase the provision of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) across the country. IDVAs work alongside the police and other agencies to provide vital support to women and children at the highest risk of serious harm or homicide.

Read more about Refuge’s IDVA services.


What does the campaign involve?

Red magazine and Refuge are asking people to sign a petition calling for more IDVA services across the country. We need 100,000 signatures to ensure that this issue will be debated in the House of Commons.

Please take a moment to sign the petition here.

Red magazine are also running a series of powerful articles about domestic violence throughout 2012 and 2013. Some of these articles are outlined below.


March 2012

In its March 2012 edition, Red magazine covered the stories of three women murdered by their ex-partners.

Journalist Lindsay Frankel spoke to the friends and families of the victims (pictured left) in a series of moving interviews.

She urged readers to support the ‘Speak up, save a life’ campaign.


June 2012

In June 2012, Red magazine featured a hard-hitting article examining the myth that only a certain ‘type’ of woman experiences domestic violence.

The article opened with a series of photographs of victims of abuse, highlighting the fact that domestic violence crosses all boundaries of race, age, social class and background.

One woman in four will experience abuse at some point in her life. This means that someone you know – a sister, daughter, friend or colleague – could be at real risk.

Please take a moment to support this campaign – ‘speak up, save a life’.