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The Independent on Sunday Christmas Appeal is for the national domestic violence charity Refuge. £30 can enable an independent domestic violence advocate to work with a woman to create a plan to keep her safe. £100 can fund a local support group session for ten women who have experienced domestic violence. To make a donation CLICK HERE

In harm’s way: Roshina overheard her family talking about killing her elder sister, after they learned that she had secretly remarried

IoS Charity Appeal: Fresh start for sisters who fled their family

But the specialist refuge that saved them is a victim of budget cuts

Escaped in time: 'He was hurling me around the house one night and I could hear my daughter crying.'

IoS Charity Appeal: How Fiona Bruce saved me from a life of despair

Even her best friend didn't know what was going on inside Louise's violent marriage. But when she did, she urged her to ring Refuge

Emotionally scarred: Emma: 'It doesn't always have to be a punch in the face'

IoS Christmas Appeal: Mental torture - the hidden side of abuse

Not all domestic violence leaves physical scars. Psychological intimidation and extreme jealousy can be just as serious

Peace and goodwill: Sarah and her children at the safe house. She planned her escape with the help of Refuge

IoS Christmas Appeal: All they want for Christmas? Freedom from fear

Thanks to Refuge, Sarah and her children have escaped a life of fear. Emily Dugan met them at the safe house that has given them a new start

Determined: Sharon de Souza hopes her daughter’s legacy will help other women to escape violence

IoS Christmas Appeal: For too many, violence in the home is a matter of life and death

Two women die every week from violence in the home. Providing safe havens and advocacy for women at risk are key areas of Refuge's work. Emily Dugan reports on the horrors visited upon one young woman who failed to reach her refuge in time

Intimacy: Beth, pictured with her son Ben, last week. As a mother gets closer to her child, some partners cannot handle their jealousy

IoS Christmas Appeal: When pregnancy spells lethal danger to a mum-to-be and her baby

Training midwives to detect a father's potential violence, and advocates to help an abused mother, are two key areas of Refuge's work. Emily Dugan reports on the horrors visited upon one young woman and how she was able to cope and withstand them

Young Patrick could predict the mood of his father, Alf, by the type of tunes he sang on arrival home. Military numbers spelt trouble for Patrick’s mother Gladys

IoS Christmas Appeal: Patrick Stewart - 'I knew the exact moment to rush in and stop him hitting her'

The actor tells Emily Dugan how becoming attuned to his father's violence helped him protect his mother

Help us save families from domestic violence

Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by current or former partners

Silent shame of domestic violence in Britain

IoS Christmas Appeal: Silent shame of domestic violence in Britain

One in four women will be abused by a partner. Many are failed by the police, and now cuts to services are leaving women and children open to more attacks. As The IoS launches its Christmas appeal, Emily Dugan and Jane Merrick report on the dangers women still face

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