Speak Out Against
Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse with the goal of establishing or maintaining power and control over the victim. It can happen occasionally or continuously and often worsens over time. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, mental, and financial abuse. It knows no boundaries: Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.

To help bring this issue out of the shadows, in 2004 the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence, an initiative to build awareness, educate, and improve prevention and direct service programs. Through the end of 2014, in the U.S. alone, we have contributed nearly $40 million for the domestic violence cause.

Avon Speak Out Against
Domestic Violence Mission
See The Signs

Three New Domestic Violence Bystander Training Programs Announced

These new programs, See the Signs & Speak Out: How Bystanders Can Help, provide useful strategies and insights to safely recognize, respond and take appropriate actions when you suspect or observe domestic violence or sexual abuse. The urgent need for bystander training became apparent in the results of the Avon Foundation-funded NO MORE Survey on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Experiences and Attitudes Among Teens and Adults.

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See The Signs


The Hunting Ground is a documentary that explores the rampant issue of sexual assault on college campuses across the country. After watching the film, you may feel enraged, frustrated, disheartened, or stunned by the widespread inaction to address sexual violence on U.S. college campuses. Or perhaps you’re feeling inspired by the courage of survivors and activists featured in the film.

Now is the time to channel all those feelings into action. The Avon Foundation has funded the creation of a Toolkit to empower key audiences—students, parents, alumni, faculty, advisors and administrators—with ways to participate.

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How the Avon Foundation
Achieves These Goals:


The Foundation makes grants to outstanding nonprofit organizations working to end violence against women and serve victims and their families, with a focus on those that provide educational and awareness, offer critical support, and develop prevention programs.

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The Foundation convenes leaders and implements collaborative approaches to accelerate advances in reducing gender violence by advancing creative solutions and pilots, hosting conferences and creating mentoring programs and training initiatives.

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The Foundation strives to increase public awareness and knowledge about the impact of gender violence on women, children, families and whole communities by expanding the dialogue necessary to change attitudes and generate public interest in the cause.


The Foundation identifies and works with grantees, partners and leaders to launch new work and accelerate the impact of their achievements, including the identification and presentation of new research, and engaging employers and funders on domestic violence issues.

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Domestic Violence

The Avon Foundation for Women provides domestic violence funding to build awareness, educate, and improve prevention and direct service programs.

Domestic Violence

Through our m.powerment by mark program, we've awarded 23 grants to establish a network of peer educators on college campuses. In one year, we trained nearly 50,000 students and faculty on dating abuse issues.

How to
Get Involved

m.powerment by mark

Support the initiative to end partner violence through your purchase of m.powerment by mark products.

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Show your support by purchasing Speak Out Against Domestic Violence fundraising products.

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Families, Friends, & Survivors Speak Out

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence and get tips on supporting those affected through these five easy steps.

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NO MORE is a groundbreaking symbol designed to galvanize change and increase the awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Need Help

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. The Avon Foundation for Women is not a direct service agency. Please contact any of these agencies for support and guidance:

Domestic Violence & Dating Abuse
Resource Guide

What everyone should know about domestic violence. This guide will provide you with information, support, and resources to use and share.