Reese Witherspoon Educates Her Kids About Domestic Violence

As the Global Ambassador for the Avon Foundation, Reese Witherspoon knows all too well the national and world-wide stats on domestic abuse (one out of three women will experience it) and as a mother, she wants her two children Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8, to know those stats too.

“We talk about domestic violence and what that means,” the 35-year-old Water For Elephants star tells PEOPLE. “Although the concept is somewhat foreign to them, they’re starting to understand that this happens to families in our country and all throughout the world.”

Reese has even gone as far as to thoroughly discuss the highly-publicized felony assault by Chris Brown on then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009 to which he pleaded guilty.

“My daughter knows what happened. My son knows as well,” the Oscar winner explains. “We talk about what is abuse. I think it’s important to talk to our daughters – and our sons – in order to educate them at an early age about what’s appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable.”

Filed under: Celebrity Moms,Reese Witherspoon

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  • Anonymous

    SHe should talk to her children about domestic violence and keep them away from their uncle, Reese brother was arrested for sexual battery

    • Anonymous

      Maybe she *does* keep them away from her brother.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t know that. I just googled it and now i feel disturbed.

  • Anonymous

    Good for Reese! Many parents shy away from these topics. It’s very important to teach children what abuse looks like and more importantly to teach our boys to not become abusers.

  • shell517nj

    reese also mentioned, “Domestic violence is a topic in many songs, including Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead,” where she sings about shooting an abusive husband. Witherspoon says such songs “create retaliation fantasies,” which are “a very important part of our psychology,” but she doesn’t think they replace the effectiveness of going public about domestic violence.” I found this statement very important as well. also to many jokes about domestic violence are allowed just to spite the abuser.

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