In a mock tutorial named ‘How To Look Your Best The Morning After’, the 30-year-old make-up artist showed her subscribers how to cover up cuts and bruises in a bid to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Though Lauren’s bruises may be fake, both she and domestic violence support organisation Refuge hope that the video will send a message to victims worldwide, not to cover up.
According to statistics, an estimated 65 per cent of females who experience domestic violence choose to keep it to themselves – and Lauren is hoping her efforts will go some way in encouraging women to speak out.
Lauren remained calm and collected during the video, explaining how foundation can be used to conceal bruises and hide injuries. The blatant sarcasm throughout the video is used in the hope that it will engage viewers in a topic that is usually a huge taboo.
Domestic violence is a very difficult situation to get away from, and unfortunately many victims will try and explain the situation – believing that they are to blame and feeling that they deserve the abuse.
On a practical level, victims may also not have the money or the resources to simply be able to up sticks and leave, particularly if children are involved.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, there are a number of organisations out there to offer you support and advice. For further information, visit Refuge directly or give them a call to discuss your options in confidence for free on 0808 2000 247.
An additional option for individuals experiencing violence in a relationship, or for those who have perhaps experienced violence in the past, is counselling. Counselling can be a useful tool for helping victims to overcome the trauma of domestic violence, so that eventually they can begin to recover and rebuild their lives.
To find out more about how counselling may be able to help victims of domestic violence, please visit our full fact-sheet.
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