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>> One in three women around the suffer from domestic violence at some point in their lives. Two women are killed every week by an abusive partner in the UK. Those figures from the Avon Foundation for women. Now it's publishing new research, which shows 56% of teenage girls have experienced controlling behavior in a relationship.
Bethany started going out with her boyfriend when she was 17. It all started brilliantly, but when she began applying to universities, things started to go wrong.>> He purposely tried to sabotage his own chances getting a job, so he wouldn't be able to afford train tickets, hoping that that would mean I wouldn't go to uni.
And he would also just be like if you ever left me, I'd kill myself. We broke up one time before the last final time I left, and he left me a suicide note on my phone. And I went down to his house and he was fine. He was just playing on his Xbox and ignoring his phone.
I'd left him like 50 missed calls.>> The Foundation's giving 2 million pounds to help victims of gender-based violence globally.>> The thing about the controlling behavior is that there are no bruises to be seen outwardly. The partner's trying to dictate what somebody wears, who they can see, where they can go, maybe taking control of their finances.
>> Of the donation, 250,000 will go to refuge in the UK, funding over 4,800 nights in the charity's shelters. One woman may need, in the middle of the night, to flee with her child probably wearing not much more than pajamas, carrying a bag, and come to a place of safety.
Or she maybe living with domestic violence and want to access support in the community. She might want legal support with our advocacy team.>> These charities say domestic violence remains the biggest issue facing women and children today Without their help, women like Bethany would feel even more alone.