Friday, February 13, 2009

Anti-Abuse Make-Up Kit

Women who have been physically assaulted by a partner or spouse tend to camouflage injuries. Wearing make-up, accessories like sunglasses, scarves and/or skin-hiding clothing is often accompanied by not talking about the abuse.

An interesting make-up campaign is addressing the issue of physical violence by suggesting to speak up rather than hide injuries. The "It's Time You Spoke" campaign hopes to lift the veil of shame and helplessness of this aspect of domestic violence.

Support Groups and professional therapies can help bring understanding to the cycle of violence and traumatic bonding - and shelters can offer a safe haven.

Physical abuse has recently made headlines. The good that comes from something so tragic is that it brings awareness to the forefront. For more on the subject, visit the World Health Organization.




18 comments:

Teresa Lynne said...

Wonderful! I would love to use this in my Domestic Violence blog.

Leesa said...

Wonderful ad campaign. Horrible situations.

jenji said...

Fantastic!

I'd heard nothing about this campaign. Thanks for posting the info.

jenji

phd in yogurtry said...

sixteen “if” messages, i.e.; “If dragged across the floor”, “If punched in the face”, “If burnt with an iron.” On the brush applicator is the answer for what to do in those situations


powerful!

CrackerLilo said...

This is *very* interesting. I pretty much like whatever works when it comes to reaching women about domestic violence. To see this done in Dubai, where there are even less resources for women than we have here, is simply amazing.

I blogged about Rihanna and Chris Brown tonight, as well as my worry that today's young women are not told enough about abuse and the behaviors that indicate the possibility of abuse. (It's fairly far down, where I always put the icky traumatic things.) I think she's got a lot of people thinking, poor thing.

Hope said...

The 23 year old niece of a dear friend was brutally murdered last week here. It had happened once before and she had been threated into silence. They arrested her 19 year old boyfriend, who has a history of violent outbursts.
She leaves behind a three year old son who witnessed her murder.
Silence is deadly.

traci said...

Wow. It's been more than 10 years and all those words still bring tears.

S'onnie said...

domestic abuse is somthing that is felt the world over. Here in New Zealand we have had a big campaign going aimed at men where men who have been violent in the past share about how they needed to get the help to stop the cycle for their sons.

there are also advertisments that have websites and phone numbers for women and men to get help if they are facing or committing acts of violence.

It has also raised awareness of those who aren't being abused by their partners of what to look for and to step up to their friends who are either doing the abusing or being abused and say something to help it get stopped

Kahless said...

Great campaign!

Awake In Rochester said...

Very good! I realize that there is also a correlation between domestic violence and (attempted)suicide. I had to turn someone in to the police for suspected abuse, manly because the partner had recently tried to kill herself.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

This is great. Good timing for this post do to the Chris Brown story in the news.

alan said...

I watched my Aunt defend her oldest for beating his first wife, saying she deserved it...I no longer have anything to do with them and her other two children have nothing to do with me. I just can't abide it...I'm sure my Grandmother is upset with me somewhere, but there's just no excuse!

alan

~Deb said...

So tragic and so sad that they don't leave out of fear. How can you abuse someone you "love"? I never understood it.

Ms.L said...

Wow,that's really neat!

Carrie said...

Thanks to everyone for sharing - Deb for the campaign info and others for reminding us that silence is not an option and that there is hope.

Kikolani | Blogging, Poetry, Photography said...

That is an eye opener. Maybe it would be a good thing to give to someone you suspect may be being abused, since it has the number of who to call.

~ Kristi

Anonymous said...

This is a good campaign


:: jeremy ::

Helpguide said...

We offer support and guidance for all types of Domestic Violence.