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End the violence

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2003-11-25


Refuge offers support to women

With Tuesday being made International Day Against Violence Against Women, Refuge, the UK's  leading organisation that supports women and children escaping domestic violence is urging members of the Jewish community to support the day.

According to Refuse, one in four women will suffer domestic violence at some time in their life and two women are killed each week in England and Wales at the hands of a current or former partner.

"Sadly, even in this day and age domestic violence is not only widespread, but largely unacknowledged. It is a crime and it must not be ignored," said Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley.

Refuge has enlisted a number of leading women to lend their name to its campaign to raise awareness of the problem and encourage the public to inform the police if they know anyone who may be in danger.

Actress Zoë Wanamaker said: "It could be happening to our mothers, sisters or friends. Please don't let it happen to our daughters. Don't ignore domestic violence."

Singer Natalie Appleton added: "Home should be a sanctuary - not a place of fear and terror. Even if domestic violence happens behind closed doors it's still our business."

Refuge offers a 24-hour national helpline on freephone 0808 808 9999

Jewish women can also get help and support through Jewish Women's Aid Helpline by calling freephone 0800 591 203