When it comes to charitable causes my main focus is always animals – and I am Patron or Ambassador of a lot of animal charities! I do have ONE human charity I work for however and it is Refuge who work tirelessly to help women and children who are the victims of domestic violence. I am a survivor of domestic violence and suffered terribly at the hands of my first husband. I was mentally and physically abused for many years and I know from first-hand experience how domestic violence destroys lives. A much overlooked fact about DV is how many women commit suicide as a direct result of their partner’s abuse – 3 women a week take their own lives and some 30 women a day attempt suicide in a desperate big to escape the dire circumstances they find themselves in. A couple of years ago I presented a documentary to highlight this issue – telling the story of a lady called Gurda and her brother’s fight to get some justice for his beloved sister. You can watch the 30 minute film on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYZK4QBWceM
Find us on Facebook (click here), and please get involved if you would like to help us bring about new legislation which recognises a Liability for Suicide. My lovely friend Jo Brand is in the film… she is a huge supporter of Refuge. We both look rather serious in this picture together. But then again, it’s a rather serious subject!