Article: Anne Twist supports Refuge Charity
October 8th, 2017: On October 6th, Anne Twist, mom of Harry Styles, posted on her Instagram that she and her friend Louise Burcham are supporting the UK based charity Refuge. The Instagram post announced an initiative by the sleepwear company Hush involving donations from the proceeds of a sale of limited edition sleepwear to Refuge. By buying this limited edition PJs, Hush will support one night for a woman and her children at the refuge.
The Refuge charity opened the first safe house for victims of domestic violence in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. Until then domestic violence had been viewed as private matter, something not discussed openly. Refuge was among the first to begin to lift the stigma of domestic violence and put in place initiatives and operations, such as the safe houses, to help women and their children that are victim of domestic abuse. As of January 2017, Refuge has expanded its reach to include men as well, recognizing that men in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships, can be victims of domestic abuse.
It is estimated that two women each week are killed in the UK by a partner or ex partner, leaving two families per week bereaved due to domestic violence. Refuge provides at any given day protection and help for 4,600 women across the UK. The charity is founded on the believe that domestic violence should not be tolerated and that women (and men) and their children have the right to live safely and without fear. The charity accomplishes its missions by:
- Providing a range of services for abused women and their children, including the National Domestic Violence Helpline, refuges across the country, child support workers, outreach services, culturally specific services, and the Athena and Gaia centers. The Gaia center is unique in that it supports victims of all types of violence including domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, prostitution, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based violence
- Advocating for the improvements of laws and policies that meet the needs of women and their children that are victim of domestic violence.
- Helping to prevent domestic violence by researching, educating and raising awareness of the problem of domestic violence.
Refuge is supported by several visible individuals in the entertainment industry that are passionate about raising awareness on domestic violence. These include Sir Patrick Stewart, Dame Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter, and Reese Witherspoon, among others. The vitally important work of this charity is supported by donations and fundraisers. You can find out more about how to help by visiting their “Get Involved” page.