Break The Silence on Domestic Violence - Talk to a Friend
1 in 3 women suffer from physical or mental abuse at some point in their lifetime*.
Find out how to get help around the world using our interactive map
Despite these shocking figures, independent research recently commissioned by The Body Shop in 11 countries around the world discovered that only 21% of women would feel confident seeking help from official authorities such as the police, and only 14% would seek a support group in times of need. Under half of those questioned would turn to their family. However, 59% of women claim that if affected by domestic violence they would turn to a friend for help**.
This discovery inspired The Body Shop to launch the 2008 Stop Violence in the Home campaign on the theme of friendship. By providing practical tools to empower women to provide support to friends in need, the campaign can be a source of inspiration and support for millions of women around the world.
As part of the campaign The Body Shop has created a "For Me, For You" Special Edition Shea Lip Care Duo. By simply giving one to a friend you each get a wonderful reminder that you have a confidante whom you can trust, for whom no secret is too big or too small. (And you each enjoy moisturised lips every time it's applied!)
All proceeds from the sale of the Shea Lip Care Duo go directly to our campaign partners whose work supports those who have been affected by domestic violence***.
Why we support this cause
Domestic violence happens everywhere. At least 1 in 3 women around the world are beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In many cases, the abuser is a member of her own family or someone known to her.
Stop Violence in the Home is a global campaign created by The Body Shop 10 years ago to inspire customers and employees to get active against domestic violence. Our campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue and generate funds to help those affected.
Where it all began
In 1994, The Body Shop launched a ground-breaking campaign in Canada. In that first year of campaigning The Body Shop raised $155,000 for violence prevention and recovery programmes and received the Grand Award from the United Nations for addressing this important issue. Soon to follow in Canada's footsteps were The Body Shop in Malaysia, the Philippines and the United States. These pioneers inspired the launch of the global Stop Violence in the Home campaign in 2003.
A truly Global Campaign
By 2006 the campaign had reached 47 markets across the world. In 2008, Stop Violence in the Home will run in 56 markets. Since the first campaign was launched, more than £2.6 million has been raised. These funds are vital in the fight to stop domestic violence, but fundraising is only half the story of what our campaign has achieved. Bold, innovative, groundbreaking, even law changing, the achievements of employees and customers in raising awareness and changing attitudes has been truly remarkable.
Together we can make a difference. Thank you for your support.
Click here to view the report published in 2006 by UNICEF and The Body Shop: Behind Closed Doors - the impact of domestic violence on children.
Click here to view the new website for the Stop Violence campaign in Asia. You can make a pledge to support the campaign and plant a virtual daisy at www.stopdomesticviolencenow.com .
* General Assembly. In-Depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women: Report of the Secretary General, 2006. A/61/122/Add.1. 6 July 2006.
** Research carried out by IPSOS MORI on behalf of The Body Shop International in Great Britain, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, and Korea - January 2007
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