Did you know that almost 1 out of 3 female homicide victims were killed by an intimate partner1 and 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime2? More startling than these statistics is that only 25% of assaults against women by intimate partners are reported to the police3—leaving us to believe that some, if not all of the domestic violence statistics are largely understated. Domestic violence affects us all, but these statistics reveal it particularly impacts women—and likely many of the women that we know.
In an effort to help end domestic violence, our parent company, Valeant Pharmaceuticals established its Take A Stand program and will donate a portion of every sale of Obagi® products to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)* to help fund its cause. With the help of loyal patients, physicians and advocates, Valeant Pharmaceuticals hopes to donate $1,000,000 over the course of 2014!
Women are the driving force in our segment of the beauty and healthcare industry—making up the majority of medical dermatology office visits and patients receiving cosmetic and surgical procedures. In addition, half of dermatologists today are women. As such an important and influential part of our Obagi heritage, we are proud to partner with the NCADV to empower, educate and protect women involved in domestic violence.
We hope you will join us in taking a stand to help end domestic violence. Purchasing Obagi products is not the only way you can make a difference. If you’re looking for more opportunities to participate, sign up to receive our newsletter and be sure to check back often on Valeant’s Take A Stand website for updated information, opportunities to get involved, and to learn about how our fans and customers are helping to make a difference.
Together, we can help bring an end to the cycle of violence.
References: 1. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports “Crime in the United States, 2000,” (2001)
2. Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” (2000).
3. Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 1993-2010.
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