One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. That means you most likely have a friend, family member, teacher, who has been affected by it. But this problem in our world is not talked about near enough. I have partnered with Mary Kay to spread the message of awareness about dating violence, but more importantly – how to get help.
Many young people do not know the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship or how to get help for themselves or their friends. Domestic violence is a serious and unfortunately common occurrence in the world we live today, so it’s time to spread the awareness.
No woman should have to feel controlled or hurt emotionally or physically right at home. A few weekends ago in Dallas I had the pleasure of sitting with and talking to Abi Ferrin, talented fashion designer and unfortunately a victim of domestic violence. Listening to her story was hard to do, but thinking about how she actually lived it was even harder.
Thankfully, Mary Kay has teamed up with non-profit loveisrespect on the nation’s first ever text for help service. This service is a helpline for young people that provides support 24/7. You simply send the text “loveis” to 22522 and a peer advocate will help answer your questions. It’s part of the Mary Kay #DontLookAway campaign. Mary Kay’s commitment to ending domestic violence is focused on prevention and education and also supports emergency relief for survivors of abuse. I’m honored to learn more about it and help spread the message.
In honor of the campaign and my partnership with Mary Kay, you can win the beautiful Edie Parker clutch (yes, one the hottest handbag designers around) just like the one I carried to the ACMS! All you have to do is simply leave a comment below answering what does "love is respect" mean to you in the section below. You have until next Tuesday, May 12th to enter!