Man Enough campaign half way to hitting target

THE Man Enough Campaign, which aims to raise awareness about domestic violence in Nottinghamshire, is more than half way to achieving it’s target of 10,000 supporters.

Around 5,200 men have now signed the pledge which states, “I will never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.”

Coun Mick Murphy, chairman of the community safety committee at Nottinghamshire County Council became the latest signatory as the council reaffirmed its endorsement of the campaign.

Coun Murphy said, “Both I personally and Nottinghamshire County Council are fully committed to reducing domestic violence and the harm it causes to individuals and communities.

“The campaign aims to raise greater awareness about domestic violence by making it a topic of conversation for everyone and gives men the opportunity to state their opposition against any sort of violence against women by making the pledge.

“If you haven’t already done so, I would urge all Nottinghamshire men to take two minutes to show their support for the campaign by making the pledge against domestic violence.”

The Man Enough Campaign was launched on Valentine’s Day in February 2012 by partners including the Safer Nottinghamshire Board, the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Women’s Aid Integrated Services and the Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum.

To pledge support for the campaign text MAN ENOUGH to 81400 (texts cost the same as a standard message) or go online at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/manenoughwrc

Sports stars, businesses, politicians and celebrities including fashion designer Paul Smith and boxer Carl Froch have all pledged their support.

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee has approved £20,000 in funding towards the costs of Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) - £10,000 for the current financial year and £10,000 for 2013-14.

DHRs are complex appraisals, required by law, of homicide cases involving intimate partners or family members designed to enable agencies to learn lessons and improve practice.

Six DHRs have been started in Nottinghamshire since 2011, four of which have been completed and will be published in an anonymised form following sign off by the Home Office. Two DHRs are on-going.