Ten ways to help end violence against women and girls
The tragic death of Sarah Everard has sparked a national conversation about the violence and abuse that women and girls experience daily. We receive many questions asking how the public can help to end violence against women and girls. We’ve created a list of ten ways to help.
Call out sexism
Sexism and misogyny underpins violence against women, challenge safely where you can. Tell your friends that sexist jokes are not funny and challenge them where you safely can, if they speak about women in a derogatory way. To end violence against women, we need to address the root causes together.
Campaign with us
We are building a network of campaigners who we send campaign actions to monthly, letting you know the best way you can support survivors of domestic abuse throughout the year. Become a Women’s Aid campaign champion You can also sign and share our petition which asks the government to ensure that local authorities fund desperately needed women’s refuges and domestic abuse services.
Support your local domestic abuse service
Visit our website today to support your local service, local charities need ongoing funding and support to provide services for survivors.
Make a difference in your community
Register your interest to become part of our Change That Lasts programme, which trains community ambassadors to signpost survivors to the most appropriate services and learn about the attitudes that underpin abusive behaviour in relationships. Register your interest here.
Promote healthy relationships with young people
Download and share our Expect Respect Healthy Relationships toolkit– we have developed a free to download education toolkit with YSL Beauty, which is for anyone working with children and young people aged 4-18. You can sign up to become an Expect Respect Advocate if you’d like free training on how to speak to young people about healthy relationships and challenging sexism.
Share expert research
Share Women’s Aid statistics when raising awareness of domestic abuse on social media or in blogs. All of our work is underpinned by clear evidence which shows the gendered nature of domestic abuse and the frequency of violence against women. We have our Women’s Aid Evidence Hub with up to date information and research and created the Research Integrity Framework with our sister federations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to drive best practice in research.
Survivors can visit our forum
Women who are or have experienced domestic abuse can anonymously share and support each other at our Survivors’ Forum. If you need direct support from an expert domestic abuse support worker, contact our Live Chat service or email [email protected].
Fundraise by taking part in an event or challenge for Women’s Aid, visit our fundraising page to find out more, and ask in your workplace to see if they would like to arrange a group challenge. We also work with companies to provide training and expert advice on domestic abuse policies, if your workplace would like to make a difference.
If you donate £10 a month by direct debit, every time you get paid you will be helping a woman to get lifesaving support from our Live Chat service. We also welcome one off donations, whatever you can give helps us to save lives. Please donate here.