Miss Grand Wales, Rachael Tate, is supporting MGI’s Stop the War and Violence campaign!

Rachael Tate, our Miss Grand Wales, has been working hard to support and raise awareness of Miss Grand International’s Stop the War and Violence campaign!

‘As part of my Miss Grand Wales title I want to take a stage against domestic violence. As a woman who HASN’T been affected by domestic violence, I feel that every woman has the RIGHT to feel the same-loved, secure and to have the FREEDOM to make their own choices.
#DomesticViolence can affect anyone, at any point in their lives. I want to focus on #Women who have been/are affected by #DomesticAbuse in order to raise awareness.

The facts:

* Domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
* Leads to, on average, two women being murdered each week and 30 men per year
* Accounts for 16% of all violent crime, however it is still the violent crime least likely to be reported to the police.
* Has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police).
* Is the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless.

* In 2010 the Forced Marriage Unit responded to 1735 reports of possible Forced Marriages.
* In addition, approximately 400 people commit suicide each year who have attended hospital for domestic abuse injuries in the previous six months, 200 of these attend hospital on the day they go on to commit suicide.

– LWA(https://www.lwa.org.uk/understanding-abuse/statistics.htm)

If you have been affected then please reach out to someone for support. If you are reading this, from the UK, and need advice call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247 – this phone line is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge!’

We’re so proud of Rachael for raising awareness for such an important cause!

Photography – Paul Carroll

Make-up – Patrick Baston

Miss Grand Wales - Rachael Tate