Press Release: Celebrity Ambassador Annalynne McCord Joins UK SAYS NO MORE and Hestia To Celebrate The UK’s First Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Week

To celebrate the first anniversary of London charity Hestia’s UK SAYS NO MORE campaign, organisations and individuals are being called upon to unite in a week of activism during the first ever UK SAYS NO MORE Week from 15th – 21st May 2017.

UK SAYS NO MORE Week calls for everyone across the UK to TALK, ACT and GIVE – to end the silence and bring vital awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault. By starting a conversation around these issues, organising an awareness-raising activity or donating to organisations across the UK working to make a difference, together we can make real change towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

During UK SAYS NO MORE Week, Hestia will be hosting events in London including ‘Celebrating YOU: Strength, Beauty and Survival’ for Hestia’s service users in partnership with beauty brand DAFNI. The day will provide an opportunity for those in attendance, including women affected by domestic abuse, to experience the joy of simple beauty treatments and to enhance their inner-confidence. This event is being held at a central London venue on Wednesday 17th May.

The events will feature VIP guest presentations by celebrity ambassadors AnnaLynne McCord and Becky O’Brien. Hestia is also hosting an event exclusively for practitioners working with those affected by domestic violence – ‘Maintaining Your Wellbeing When Responding to Domestic & Sexual Abuse.’

Patrick Ryan, CEO of Hestia, the London based charity who facilitates UK SAYS NO MORE says:

“Domestic violence and sexual assault can affect anyone, starting the conversation is the first step for any individual to access help and support. Being London’s largest provider of domestic abuse refuges, we see daily the most important aspects to a person’s recovery are having someone listen without judgement.”

Domestic violence and sexual assault are often difficult subjects to talk about, despite an estimated 4.5 million  women and 2.2 million men experiencing domestic abuse since the age of 16, and nearly half a million adults being sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year (ONS).

UK SAYS NO MORE encourages the public to start the conversation, whether that is amongst friends or colleagues, but also parents with their teenage children to teach them about healthy relationships.

Ideas, inspiration and the UK SAYS NO MORE Week Guide can be found at bit.ly/uksaysnomoreweek.

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For more information about UK SAYS NO MORE and press enquiries, please contact:

Josh McLean – uksaysnomore@hestia.org | 020 7378 3160 | 07823346705

For more information about Hestia and press enquiries, please contact:

Lindsey Rennard – Lindsey.Rennard@hestia.org

About UK SAYS NO MORE

UK SAYS NO MORE is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness to end domestic violence and sexual assault. The campaign is a partnership between London-based charity Hestia and NO MORE in the United States. The UK SAYS NO MORE campaign brings together practitioners in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault, corporate partners, celebrities and members of the general public. The campaign seeks to raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation, and help break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. Follow @UKSAYSNOMORE for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hestia

Hestia is a charity working with adults and children in crisis, to bring about positive changes in their lives at a time when they need it most.  We utilise our 45+ years of experience to support around 9,000 adults and children across London each year. Alongside providing a wide range of services for people living with mental health and other support needs, Hestia is the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges and human trafficking support services in London. Across our broad range of services we help people find a permanent home, manage their finances, take care of their health, and access work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives. We believe in empowering adults and children to have a voice in the choices that benefit them, their families and their local communities – to enable them to change their lives for the better, fulfil their aspirations and live the most independent, healthy and enriching lives possible.