IT’S NOT OK: HELP BIOLOGI FUND EDUCATION AND AWARENESS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA
Monday, November 25 is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a frequent and ongoing violation of fundamental human rights.
To be considered domestic abuse, violence can take many forms, including physical, psychological and sexual, cyber harassment, stalking, and sexual exploitation.
The impact of VAWG can be all-encompassing and far-reaching for the victim and for those around them. The effect on women at all stages of life can be so severe that unresolved trauma may even impact future generations.
Domestic Violence fast facts courtesy of Our Watch:
- On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.
- 85% of Australian women have been sexually harassed.
- Intimate partner violence is a leading contributor to illness, disability and premature death for women aged 18-44.
- Children of mothers experiencing domestic violence have higher rates of social and emotional problems than other children.
- Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children.
- Australian police deal with domestic violence every two minutes.
- Women seeking support for partner violence are most likely to ask friends or family for help.
- 5 women were killed in 5 separate Australian cases over the duration of 1 week in September 2019
On November 25, 100% of all Biologi profits will be donated to RizeUp; an Australian-based organisation dedicated to supporting the many families affected by domestic and family violence.
Designed to meet the diverse needs of families fleeing domestic violence, RizeUp provides essential items such as food, blankets, urgent funds and shelter quickly and efficiently.
Victims may also be placed in a property transformed into a tailor-made temporary home specific to their individual needs.
Through their Youth Enrichment program, RizeUp helps children whose young lives have been devastated by violence reach their full potential by providing school essentials such as uniforms, lunch boxes, books and bags as well as haircuts and fees for extracurricular activities.
Perhaps most importantly, RizeUp provides vital education and creates dialogue around such an important topic that has the potential to impact every single woman across Australia.
Why are we doing this?
There are three primary reasons we’ve decided to donate 100% of all profits from sales made on November 25 to RizeUp.
- Raise awareness
One in five Australian women aged 15 or older have been involved in some form of a physical or sexually abusive relationship.
Look around you. That could be your mum, sister, aunt, friend, daughter or colleague.
It could be you.
Long gone are the traditional stereotypes that a woman must be meek, mild or submissive to become a victim of domestic violence.
Feminists, career women and strong mothers all feature in our campaign having fallen foul to men who claimed to be someone they’re not.
Typically, relationships can start as you’d expect from any normal honeymoon period. Some relationships may be intense and move quickly. Others may have no warning signs with men who are chivalrous and charming.
It’s very rare that a domestic violence relationship starts with a man who is possessive, jealous, and angry at the small things. But that’s often how they end up.
Of course, there is no textbook scenario for domestic violence, but it’s essential to know that any female at any point in a relationship can become a victim of domestic violence through no fault of her own.
“Education is everything” Zara
“It’s a complex issue…there’s not enough education to read the signs and know this is domestic violence” Jess
2) Inspire action
A stigma still surrounds domestic violence. People may not want to get involved believing it’s not their business, or that they may make things worse.
Victims may feel ashamed or afraid of what the perpetrator will do if she breaks free.
By raising awareness of the issue, we hope to inspire action for women to look out for each other and provide a method of support and connection. The more we can talk about this vital issue, the more people will feel confident to speak out without shame and fear of repercussion, ultimately breaking the dangerous cycle.
“I would like the stigma of domestic violence to be gone and that it’s OK to speak up.” Zara
“If you have a gut feeling…always trust your gut. That may involve asking someone if they’re OK just once and leaving it at that may not sometimes be enough…” Lucy
3) Raise funds
We’ve built an incredible platform, and it’s time for us to talk about something other than skincare.
While victims of domestic violence and people around them may believe they should have seen the warning signs, Biologi’s managing director, Lucy Macdougald knows that this isn’t the case.
Aged 25, after a long-term relationship ended, Lucy found herself victim to a man who punched her so hard in her sleep, doctors believed she’d fractured her femur.
Anyone can become a victim of domestic violence regardless of background, social status, income, location or upbringing. RizeUp provides vital funds and education to help women and children who have suffered at the hands of an abuser.
“Love doesn’t leave you traumatised. It’s not meant to hurt you; it’s not meant to make you scared it’s not meant to make your life harder. It’s meant to help you, to grow with you and to make you happy. If you think you’re in love and it’s not making you happy, if it’s not making you safe, you need to do everything you can to walk away” Courtney
Lucy lived through a domestic violence relationship and found the strength to seek help and rebuild her life. She (along with the rest of the Biologi team) is passionate about giving encouragement and hope to others who have experienced similar circumstances. She wants all women to know they’re supported and to help them find the strength through others to move through these unimaginable situations.
If you need help, call the Australian helpline on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)