Angelina Jolie talks about how to protect yourself from domestic violence
Angelina Jolie recorded a video for the British edition of Harper's Bazaar, in which she gave some advice to women facing domestic violence. According to the actress, on Christmas Eve, women should “talk to someone, try to find allies who could help in emergencies,” because on holidays people stay at home, drink, which can lead to conflicts and potentially dangerous situations.
“For example, you can agree with a friend or family member on a code word that will signal them if you are in trouble. It's sad to talk about it, but you have to be prepared for the fact that not all friends or relatives will always believe you and want to support you. Often complete strangers come to the rescue: those who have experienced violence themselves, as well as religious communities,”advised Jolie.
The actress also appealed to those who may witness such situations. According to the star, people who are trusted with information about abuse should "take it seriously and listen to the victims."
“Try to understand the tremendous emotional, financial and legal pressures they are likely to face given the fact that they are being forced to remain silent about what has happened to them. And keep in mind that they may well be suffering from psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder,”said the actress.
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In conclusion, Jolie encouraged people to be understanding and compassionate towards those who are victims of domestic violence.
“If you think that someone you know might be vulnerable in this regard, try not to leave them. Make it clear that you will be there for them. Another thing we can all do is educate ourselves. Learn about domestic violence. Learn how trauma affects our health and can lead to biological changes, especially in children. Take these issues seriously,”said the actress.