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ACT Campaign: Quotes

Celebrities who took part in the photo shoot for the ACT Campaign explain why they got involved. Find out how you can also act to help end domestic violence.

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"I wanted to take part in this campaign as I think it's so important to raise awareness of this problem that continues to affect 1 in 4 women at some point in their lifetime, regardless of career, wealth or background. In my first acting role (GBH) I played a victim of such abuse and, through the many letters I received and the brave women I met during my research, I was exposed first hand to the lives that have been destroyed. These women need to feel that we're all aware of what they may be going through, to give them the confidence to speak out."


Fern Britton  presenter of This Morning has joined our campaign to help raise awareness of domestic violence. The TV programme has fun afeature on domestic violence during the campaign. Fern said: "It's a subject that is often hidden and very secretive, but it's something which I feel should have a light shone upon it."


"Although I haven't experienced violence in a relationship, I know that two women every week in England and Wales are killed by their partner or ex-partner, and that unless we act now, many more women will die because of domestic violence. We must speak out now against all forms of domestic violence, not only physical abuse but also the emotional, sexual and financial abuse which means that many women are afraid to be at home with their partner."

fay ripley ACTOR, FAY RIPLEY

"The birth of my second child and the start of a new life, sharing this amazing time with my partner and family. This is my wonderful experience but for too many women pregnancy is just the start of loneliness and abuse. It is a cruel reality. How can I not be involved in this campaign?"


"My connection with Women's Aid began in the name of research. I was about to start work on a film in which I was playing a woman breaking free of a violent marriage. The BBC put me in touch with Women's Aid. The women I met; both the carers and the women who'd been forced to seek refuge, were all very welcoming. Anxious not to be misrepresented, they were open, brave, funny and generous. A real inspiration. Organisations like Women's Aid have been quietly providing a safehaven for women for many years. We all owe them our gratitude and much respect."


"I've never really thought about domestic violence before, it seemed to be something that didn't affect people my age, but it really does - there are many women in their late teens and early twenties who have either experienced violence in a relationship or have witnessed it at home in their childhood. I wanted to take part in this campaign to raise awareness of the fact that domestic violence can affect anyone, whatever their age or background."

fiona bruce


“I spend my time on Crimewatch appealing for criminals on the run. Domestic violence is one of the few crimes I can think of where the victim is often forced to go on the run. I wanted to take part in this campaign, not only to support the work of Women’s Aid, but hopefully to make people stop and think. Domestic violence is the most common of crimes, with two women are killed every week in England and Wales. When are we going to say that enough is enough?”

honor blackman


"From first hearing about this marvellous campaign, I knew that I wanted to be involved. Domestic violence can be so easy for people to ignore, as it often happens without any witnesses and it is sometimes easier not to get involved. Yet, by publicly speaking out against domestic violence, together we can challenge attitudes towards violence in the home and show that domestic violence is a crime and not merely unacceptable."


“We all like to think that if we were the victims of domestic abuse we'd up and leave - but it's not always as easy or straightforward as that. Women stay with abusive partners for all kinds of reasons - they love them, they fear them, they have children with them, they believe they can change them or they simply have no where else to go.

Women trapped in violent relationships need to know that there's no shame in talking out and walking out on their abusive partners and hopefully this campaign will serve to inform women that if they need help, it is available to them. Women's Aid provides a lifeline and a way out of a dark and destructive relationship. Information and knowledge is power and I really hope that by highlighting the work Women's Aid does it will empower women who are being abused by the partners to find the courage and the way out they so desperately need."

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