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Are you man enough to sign domestic violence pledge?

Alert message sent 17/07/2012 09:05:00
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A campaign which calls for men to make a stand against domestic violence is being supported by Nottinghamshire Police and a range of partner agencies.

The ‘Man Enough’ campaign, run by the Nottingham Post newspaper, urges Notts men to sign the White Ribbon pledge – to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

It aims to get at least 10,000 pledges in the county by next year’s Valentine's Day, which would almost triple the number of national pledges.

Men are being encouraged to show their support for the campaign by adding their name to the pledge by visiting www.man-enough.org or by texting 'man' or 'man enough' to 81400.

The launch of the campaign follows the tragic deaths of several women in Nottinghamshire who were killed by their partners.

This includes 21-year-old Casey Brittle, who was beaten to death by her partner in front of her two-year-old daughter in New Basford in 2010.

Helen Waplington was murdered by her partner in Forest Fields in 2008, while Denise Skilbeck was killed by her partner in Newark in March 2011.

Superintendant Helen Chamberlain, head of Public Protection, said: “Women continue to endure violence and abuse at the hands of their partners.

“Domestic violence affects everyone, regardless of age, race, or background. It can completely destroy lives and, in the worst cases, result in death. Only by taking a stand against domestic violence can we really make a real difference.

“I urge men in Nottinghamshire to show their support for the campaign by signing the pledge today.”

The campaign will also call for the Government to introduce Clare's law, which would allow women to ask police if a man has a violent history.

While the campaign focuses on female victims, it will also address the issue of men who suffer domestic violence.

It is being run in partnership with Women's Aid, the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Forest Football Club, Notts Domestic Violence Forum and the Safer Notts Board.
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Lindsay Donnelly (Police, Administrator, Nottinghamshire)

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