The Huffington Post UK | By Dina Rickman
Online make-up guru Lauren Luke has encouraged women to speak out if they are experiencing domestic violence in a campaign video for Refuge.
The charity, which helps women affected by violence at home, have enlisted the help of the viral video star to support their ‘Don’t cover it up campaign’.
Appearing in a YouTube video titled ‘How to look good the morning after’, Luke, covered in fake injuries, explains how to hide any “fresh bruising.”
Refuge said in a statement they wanted to encourage women to “break the silence.”
“Thousands of women experience domestic violence in this country every day. Yet many women are too frightened to speak out – instead they try to cover up the abuse. At Refuge we want women to break the silence, to realise they are not alone and to reach out and get help and support.
“Lauren’s cuts, bruises and fear are fictitious. But for thousands of women this is the reality of their everyday lives.”
Luke herself said she wanted her followers on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to see the video so they knew there was somewhere where they could get support.
“Domestic violence is a huge issue, I really don’t think it gets the exposure that it needs.”
“There’s somewhere you can go if you need support,” she says. “Refuge are there to help. There’s lots of people there waiting to hear from you and look after you.”
Refuge are urging men and women to share the video online and sign a petition to create more domestic violence services.