Much of the world is self-isolating right now. Whilst this has an enormous impact on people everywhere, this is particularly true for those at risk of domestic violence.
Many people who are in abusive or violent situations are now more trapped and isolated than ever. This is one of the less spoken about and unseen consequences of Covid-19 and unfortunately, it’s a trend that’s being experienced worldwide.
Domestic violence can affect anyone, anywhere. If lockdown remains in place for 6 months, 31 million additional gender-based violence cases can be expected.4 We need to do something about it.
Gender based violence is a human rights violation that we first fought against in 1994 with our domestic violence campaign in Canada. We went on to campaign globally against domestic violence between 2003 and 2008 with Stop Violence in the Home. Then in 2009 we launched the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People.
TIME TO SPEAK
Each of our Natura &Co sister companies (Avon, Aesop and Natura) will also be campaigning on this important issue. We are using our global reach and influence to raise awareness of the issue and get support to help protect women and people at risk everywhere. We’ll share information and advice to women experiencing domestic violence, help support women’s services and urge governments to fund women’s services effectively. We stand in solidarity with those isolated with an abuser right now, we are here, and we will support you. You are not alone. We see you and we hear you.
TIME TO REACH OUT
We've teamed up with NO MORE to offer guidance to those in need and ideas on how everyone can help combat the rise in domestic violence during this time. Read below.
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There’s never been a more pertinent time to stand in solidarity with those affected by domestic violence.
If you’re one of our LYBC (Love Your Body™ Club) members, you can choose to donate your loyalty rewards to our charity partners to help in their mission to increase awareness and inspire action.
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(3) NO MORE and World Health Organisation (WHO)