EDANA MINGHELLA

"Domestic violence takes many forms: control, abuse, threats and physical violence, mainly to women and children, and even pets.   I have seen in my mental health work how it can cause lasting psychological damage: self esteem is destroyed and violence becomes the norm. One young man told me he had to frequently skip school because his dad used him as a punchbag and he didn't know how to explain to his peers or teachers why his face was smashed up. He developed serious mental health problems. I once lived in the flat below a woman who was so scared of her partner, she asked me to help her flee him while he was at work. Terrified as we packed her belongings into her car, she asked me to take care of their cat, because she thought he might harm it to get back at her. 

This is the reality of life for many. The need for support, safety, trust and humanity has never been greater. I'm proud to support Isle of Wight Women's Refuge in its vital work on the Island."

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Robert Thompson

Chef

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" The Island is very special place for me and it’s somewhere that makes me feel happy, inspired and safe. The Refuge is so important as it plays a vital role in supporting women and children who aren't as fortunate as many others including myself - that's why I'm so pleased to offer my support and encourage others to get behind it. "

Kim Murray

GB Athlete
 

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" I am proud to to support the Isle of Wight refuge for women who are subjected to domestic abuse. Without this wonderful charity many women and children would have nowhere to go and no where to seek vital support. Refuge provides a step towards recovery and change for the most vulnerable; in some cases it is literally a lifeline."

Rob Da Bank

DJ and Bestival founder
 

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" No one should have to put up with domestic abuse whatever your situation and I salute theRefuge for providing a safe space for women and children on the Island. Please do what you can to support it. "

Vix Lowthion

Green Party national spokesperson for Education.

" A refuge is not just there for those who are using it: a refuge is essential for all of us in wait of that day when we may just need it. We are all vulnerable members of humanity, and we can all face situations which are out of our control, until we take the most simple and yet the most courageous action we can: to escape. These are brave, brave women. Keeping our refuge open to all is the least we can do. I hope we can do more - to tackle violence and domestic abuse and emotional damage behind closed doors across the island, and beyond "