End Violence Against Women

One in three women will be impacted by sexual or physical violence in their lifetime

Violence against women and girls is the most widespread human rights violation in the world. 1 in 3 women experiences violence or abuse in her lifetime. 

Intimate partner violence does not discriminate, and it can affect anyone; regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or religion. What’s more, domestic violence has historically been a taboo subject.

Since 2004, with the Avon Foundation for Women, we've contributed more than US$80 million globally to support awareness, education and the development and implementation of prevention and direct service programmes.

But there’s still more to do. Together, we must speak out for survivors, because silence hurts.

Gender-Based Violence Protocol for employees

Our Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Protocol builds on our commitment to those affected by gender-based violence. We believe that no associate should be held back due to experiencing gender-based violence. If one of our employees is experiencing domestic violence, our message is that we're here for you.

We’re committed to raising awareness of gender-based violence, so that all associates have an awareness of what gender-based violence is and where to seek support. Further, we stand against all discrimination against survivors of gender-based violence, including existing employment and career development.

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#SpeakOut: Resources and information

Worried about yourself or someone that you know?

Gender-based violence can happen to anyone.  Although every situation is unique, there are common signs to look out for and places that you can go for support. 

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#SpeakOut: Abuse isn't just physical

From recognising the signs of verbal abuse to accessing lifesaving support

We proudly partner with the NO MORE Foundation to help everyone recognise verbal abuse* and its role in coercive control, domestic violence or intimate partner violence.

Our new research** with the NO MORE Foundation surveyed over 8,300 women in eight countries and found that one in five women are consistently subjected to verbal abuse by an intimate partner.  

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'Alexa, sign the pledge to end verbal abuse'

You can support our #SpeakOut campaign by signing the NO MORE Foundation's the pledge to end verbal abuse.

Doing this is really easy!  Simply say ‘Alexa, open the NO MORE’ to an Alexa device or click the link below.

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*What is verbal abuse?
Verbal abuse refers to the ways in which a person uses their words to cause harm. It is one tactic in a range of deliberate behaviours that a person may use to gain and maintain power and control over another in an intimate relationship.
Verbal abuse is one aspect of psychological abuse, also referred to as emotional abuse or expressive aggression. It is characterised by insults, name-calling, put-downs, criticizing, and other demeaning language designed to bully, intimidate, frighten, humiliate, degrade, and diminish the victim’s self-worth and sense of safety.

**Research commissioned by Avon and conducted by Censuswide surveying 8,346 women in the UK, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Poland, Romania and the Philippines between 27th October 2021 – 3rd November 2021.