Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Give And MakeUp

She waited as long as she could after she heard the car leave the drive. Her heart was beating fast as she tore around the house grabbing clothes for the children, favourite toys and a change of clothes for herself.

For months she had been building up to this moment in her head. She hadn't been able to prepare though, he would have known. She had tried to build up some cash but every penny she had had to be accounted for. She had no friends that she could turn to as years of abuse meant that her friends had either drifted away unable to watch what was happening to her or had grown tired of her excuses about why she couldn't go out.

Her heart stopped as she heard a car approach but it didn't stop. The children carried on playing downstairs oblivious to her panic and fear.

The small holdall was stuffed with teddies, nappies and clothes. She fought the urge to make the bed, Years of keeping the house up to her husbands impossible standards was deeply ingrained in her yet she felt a small sense of triumph leaving it unmade.

She ran down the stairs with the bag and grabbed the baby and toddler. She was thinking of them, she knew that she had to leave before he hurt them. In her eyes she was strong, she could take it but her children were her world and she would not let them suffer.

The door slammed shut behind her as she left and she vowed never to return to the man and house that had made her so sad and miserable she had wanted to end it all.

Now she wanted to begin a new chapter of her life and REFUGE had given her the strength and support she needed to finally make the break.


This situation is more common than you can ever imagine.

A new initiative has been created to help. Give and MakeUp  A non-profit initiative whose sole purpose is to get everyday essentials into the hands of women who need them the most.

Take a look at their page.

And think what YOU can do to help.

Are you a company that can help? or an individual with even one bottle of shampoo spare. Then Give and MakeUp and the women of Refuge NEED you.

You can help.

Let us help these women rebuild their lives.

Get in touch.

Big Fashionista x x

If you are a victim of domestic abuse you can call the Refuge helpline on 0808 2000 247


  1. Such a powerful piece of writing. I want to help.


  2. That made my arms go all goosebumpy. It must be such a seriously terrifying situation. A man hit me once. I never saw him again. I'm so lucky it was very early on after we'd met so I wasn't at all emotionally invested or anything. I'm so excited that Give and Make Up is helping these lovely, brave ladies! xxx

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