We all know Angelina Jolie has always had a passion for raising awareness regarding social issues, especially through her work with the United Nations Human Rights Campaign.
She’s currently promoting the UN’s 16 Days of Activism campaign “to prevent and end violence against women and girls,” and during an interview, she gave some advice for anyone who is, unfortunately, fearing abuse during the Christmas season.
1. Try to talk to someone
Angelina says, “Try to find allies. Be connected for emergencies. For example, you can agree on 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.”
2. Don’t assume everyone will believe or support you
“It’s sad to say, but you can’t assume all your 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.” mentioned Angelina.
3. Above all, be careful
Angelina also said, “Only you really know the danger you are in, and until you find your support outside, you may feel quite alone.”
Not only did Angelina Jolie have advice for victims, but she also gave some advice for people who suspect they know someone who is experiencing abuse. The following are the key points she made…
- Stay close and present in their lives.
- Make it clear that you are there for them.
- Educate ourselves.
We know this is a very tough topic. If you need to reach out for some help, these are some of the amazing supports available here in Ireland:
SAMARITANS: This helpline is open 24 hours a day and completely confidential. Call 116 123.
CHILDLINE: Helpline and online support, offering advice and support to young people under 18.
SafeIreland: There are helplines in every county in Ireland, some of them operate 24 hours a day.
RapeCrisisHelp.ie: you will find information about the professional support and the choices available to survivors of sexual violence.
Women’s Aid: A leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.