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Refuge have launched a new campaign in conjunction with Avon to encourage people to speak out against domestic violence and demand an end to the postcode lottery for domestic violence service. One in three local authorities do not have any domestic violence service provision. There are four ways you can help:

1. Buy the Avon Empowerment Necklace, which costs £3, all proceeds going to Refuge and the United Nations Development Fund for Women. (Or if, like me, you feel a bit squicked out by a beauty company calling themselves ‘the company for women’ and don’t want to buy their products – great as it may be that they’re supporting this campaign – you could just donate £3 directly to Refuge.)

2. Speak to the government – sign the petition calling for an end to the postcode lottery.

3. Speak to your local community – display the poster with Refuge’s freephone DV helpline number in your workplace, community centre etc. (0808 2000 247).

4. Speak to your friends and family – ask them to join the campaign.

Find out more about the Four Ways to Speak Out Campaign on the hompage.