A bag that will get noticed. For the issue that is often unseen.
To raise public awareness against the domestic violence, we have teamed up with a famous Lithuanian fashion designer Robert Kalinkin and created a limited collection of NOTICE VIOLENCE bags.
Both the large and small bags contain symbolic messages, like eye embroidery that encourages to open eyes and notice violence. Safety belts used as handles symbolize the lack of safety for violence victims and a change of mindset needed in the society to protect them.
Every third woman in Lithuania has experienced domestic violence at least once in her life.
Read the stories
The Kaunas County Women's Crisis Centre has collected real stories of women who survived domestic violence.
True story of Jurgita (the name is changed)
“Shortly after the engagement, he told me to quit my job... We had a conflict, he was very jealous, there were many discussions, and finally, at the end of the conversation, when I told him that I was not going to quit my job because I wanted to be independent, he hit me...”
True story of Beatričė (the name is changed)
“It took me two weeks to come up with a plan to escape from that cruel and abusive man with my three children. Until then, every time I left the house, he would chase me and limit my and my children’s mobility by harassing me and attacking by phone.”
True story of Raminta (the name is changed)
“At the time, I truly believed that I was a worthless wife who couldn’t save her family, a bad mother who couldn’t provide for her children’s needs, and a lonely woman who didn’t even have anyone to comfort her.”
True story of Simona (the name is changed)
“It wasn’t just psychological violence. After the first year of living together, he also raised his hand against me. One day he beat me so badly that I had to call an ambulance.”
Making shelter feel like home
We believe that home, even the temporary one, has to be a safe and comfortable place. To improve the living conditions of the families affected by the domestic violence, we have started a series of makeovers at one of the biggest family crisis centres in Kaunas.
At the first stage our interior designers faced a difficult task. They had to equip a room for people they didn't know yet. The result? Bright and spacious rooms furnished like small apartments with a hallway, a sleeping area, a nursery corner, a workspace and a shared area for family leisure and play.
At the second stage of our makeovers, we have renovated three more family rooms, a space for leisure and a shared kitchen. The aim was to provide families not only with a temporary shelter, but also with a child-friendly environment that would develop social skills and motivate them to return to a normal life.
At the third stage, we have renovated two more blocks of the family crisis centre choosing red and green as dominant colours to separate them. In total, we have implemented makeovers in nine rooms, two kitchens, several family leisure areas, and common corridors.
About the initiative
We at IKEA stand for equality and fair treatment of people in all circumstances and situations, including the life at home. This is why we decided to become the voice in raising awareness and fighting against the domestic violence as one of the most pressing issues at homes in Baltics.
There’s always someone to trust
Dealing with difficult situations is much easier when you are not alone. If you seek help or need any support, please:
contact the Specialized Integrated Assistance Centre by phone 8 700 55516,