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.”