Notice violence: let's unite and raise our voices for the 1 in 3
Every third woman in Lithuania has experienced violence from her intimate partner at least once in her life. We must keep our eyes open because domestic violence is not just a matter of two. It affects us all.
Join us in the movement and add your voice to the collective call for change. Fighting against domestic violence together, we can make home a safer place for everyone.
Get the ambassadorship bag
Join the movement against domestic violence and as an appreciation for ambassadorship get a “Notice violence” bag.
What you need to do?
Get a “Notice violence” sticker – help cards with stickers are available at IKEA store or pick-up and ordering points for free.
Take a photo – with a sticker on your planner, laptop, thermos cup or anywhere you think it fits and helps to spread the message.
Tag @IKEALietuva and publish posts or stories on your Instagram or Facebook.
The first 100 will receive a limited-edition small bag (item number 798.021.45) created in unique collaboration with fashion designer Robert Kalinkin.
The activity takes place: 23.01.–18.02.2024 (or as soon limit of 100 bags reached).
Bag receivers will be informed personally via Instagram direct messages by February 26 latest. The bag can be claimed until 31 March 2024 at IKEA Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda or Siauliai.
Another way to show you care
We believe that spreading awareness is the first step in dealing with social issues such as domestic violence, and everyone can contribute. This is why for this informative campaign we have designed the help information card with sticker you can get for free at any of our physical stores or pick-up and ordering points. Stick it on your smartphone, laptop or a notebook to show you're not indifferent and become an ambassador of the “Notice violence” movement.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence occurs in an intimate relationship, which makes it common to think that this is a private matter between two people. But in very truth, violence at home is a problem of the whole society.
There are many forms of domestic violence:
Intentional emotional abuse or controlling behaviour that involves seriously impairing a person’s psychological integrity through coercion or threats.
Any sort of harmful or unwanted sexual behaviour that is imposed on someone, including rape, attempted rape and other sexual acts.
The intentional commission of acts of physical violence against another person, violent behaviour resulting in harm and fear.
Occurs when an intimate partner denies or limits access to financial resources or to the labour market.
Are you able to notice and recognise domestic violence? Find out if you or someone around you might experience it.
What to do if I suspect violence
Be kind and attentive while talking to a person who is a victim of domestic violence.
Do not judge the victim’s actions or failure to act. Be patient and open.
Point out that violence is not the victim’s fault.
Do not urge the victims to act here and now, do not press them or be too intrusive. Allow them to open up at their own pace.
Encourage the victim to seek specialized help: police, medical care, specialized help centres.
In case for support, one can always contact:
contact the Specialized Assistance Centre by phone +370 700 55516 or at www.specializuotospagalboscentras.lt,
find the nearest place of assistance at the website of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour: atpazinksmurta.lt,
dial the emergency number 112 to report domestic violence in urgent situations.
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 done a series of makeovers at one of the biggest family crisis centres in Kaunas and renovated approximately 500 square metres of premises so far.
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.
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 expressing the idea of noticing violence in his unique style.
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.
Wear these bags and pin as a symbol reminding to never close eyes to domestic violence.