The campaign’s goal is “to prevent and end violence against women and girls.” In an effort to do her part, the actress and mother offered her advice to anyone who is suffering abuse this holiday season.
Angelina Jolie Gives A Speech For Anyone Suffering Abuse Over The Holidays
“Talk to someone. Try to find allies,” the star said. “Be connected for emergencies. For example, you can agree a code word with a friend or family member, which tells them if you are facing an emergency. Begin to build a network and gain knowledge.”
“It’s sad to say, but you can’t assume all friends and family will always want to believe and support you. Often it will be strangers who help. Or other victims, support groups, or faith groups. Above all, be careful. Only you really know the danger you are in, and until you find your support outside, you may feel quite alone.”
Jolie also spoke on what one should do if they suspect someone in their lives is being abused. “Try to stay close and present in their lives. Make it clear that you are there for them. Another thing we can all do is educate ourselves. Learn about domestic violence. Learn how trauma affects our health and can lead to biological changes, particularly in children. Take these issues seriously.”
Major props to Angelina for speaking out on this extremely important topic.
If you or someone you know is being abused, contact the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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