Our charity partner, Refuge and singer Frances launch music video with a message.

As you may know, we work very closely with the charity Refuge to support women who are victims of domestic abuse. Today, Refuge and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Frances’ have launched a new music video showing women experiencing domestic violence. The video shows that they are not alone; Refuge can support them.

The aim of the animated video is to ensure women who experience domestic violence realise they are not alone and that Refuge can support them. The film depicts a woman going about her daily life; except that due to the abuse she is experiencing, she becomes visibly more isolated and alone. One day, she meets a character representing Refuge, who recognises and understands what she is going through and supports her to escape the abuse and rebuild her life.

The female character is based on Melanie Clarke, a real-life Refuge client who benefited from the charity’s expert support following more than decade of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her ex-partner, whom she met when she was 14. On any given day, Refuge’s specialist services support close to 5,000 women and children like Melanie and her family.

Two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales alone and one in every two young women experience controlling behaviours from a partner. Research also shows that a third of young people would not know where to turn to for support. Through a powerful music video, Refuge, singer-songwriter Frances and Universal Music UK launch major prevention initiative that lets young women know they’re not alone. The video will be released on 20 March to accompany Frances’ single ‘Grow’, a moving ballad about supporting a friend. Named one of BBC Music’s ‘Sounds of 2016’, nominated for the ‘Critics Choice’ Award at the BRITs and Glamour’s Women of the Year 2017, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, Frances is one of the country’s most talented young musicians. Her much anticipated debut album, ‘Things I’ve Never Said’, features ‘Grow’ and will be released on Friday 17 March.

Frances said "I feel so honoured to be a part of this campaign for Refuge. I want nothing more than to give something back with my music, and I hope that this incredibly important video which features my song, Grow, will resonate with people all over the world, and especially to women who are experiencing domestic violence and needing help as we speak. Refuge is here for them - we want people to realise they are not alone.”

Melanie Clarke commented “I was so pleased to take part in this video. I understand what it’s like to feel as though nobody knows what you are going through. I was living with domestic violence behind closed doors for years – I kept it all to myself and told my family and friends I was fine. My ex-partner had deliberately isolated me; his controlling ways made me isolate myself from people. When I received support from Refuge, it was like somebody turning on a light. They supported me to realise I was not alone and that I could have a safe and happy future.”

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