#HerStoryOurStory

This is Lily's story. It covers different forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls around the world - one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. If you or anyone you know has been affected by the issues covered in Lily's story, please see the "Resources" section of the website for more information.

"At first everything seemed great."
"He told me we only needed each other."
"But then things changed."

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How many women worldwide have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime?

"He'd tell me what to wear"
"and who I could be friends with."

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How many women who experience violence are likely to seek help of any sort?

"He'd shout and threaten me if I didn't do as he said."
"Then he started to beat me."
"I'd never know what was going to happen when he came home."

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Globally, what percentage of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner?

"Sometimes he apologised and told me he loved me."

Give Lily a Hotline Number

Wise choice. Specialised hotlines can offer support and advice to people like Lily, who might be unsure where to turn. By providing Lily with information about resources available, you can remind her that violence is not acceptable and she shouldn't have to live in fear for her safety.

Call the Police

Good plan. Domestic violence is a crime and should be reported to the police so that perpetrators can be held accountable. If you are concerned for your own safety, you may report the violence anonymously, and in a manner which does not compromise the safety of the victim.

Talk to Lily about a Safety plan

Good idea. By talking to Lily about a safety plan, you can help her reduce the risk of being hurt by her partner. Although Lily may not be ready or able to end the relationship, a safety plan can help protect her by trying to avoid or minimising the risk of dangerous situations. There are specialised support services which can help Lily develop a personalised safety plan.

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is not
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Thanks for being there for me. After receiving support and guidance from a local organisation I was able to make the break and leave my partner. I reported the abuse to the police, who investigated my case. My partner was prosecuted and sentenced for his crime. I still go to counselling, to help me process the trauma I’ve lived through, but things are looking up. I’ve moved to a new apartment, found a new job and meet up with my family and friends regularly. I volunteer at the women’s shelter which supported me, so other women who are in the same situation see that life free of violence and abuse is possible.