The fight against domestic violence

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THE FIGHT against domestic abuse was the focus of a talk at HUCKNALL ROTARY CLUB.

Supt Helen Chamberlain, head of public protection at Nottinghamshire police, gave a ‘challenging and thought-provoking’ presentation.

“Helen told members about the realities of domestic violence,” explained Ian Young, club president. “She helped remove the common misconceptions and told us how it affects people of both genders, all ages and all sexual orientation.”

The Nottinghamshire ‘Man Enough’ campaign was also highlighted during Supt Chamberlain’s visit.

This is a joint initiative by partner agencies across the county to encourage men to sign the White Ribbon pledge and not to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence.

Mr Young added: “This campaign aims to get at least 10,000 pledges in the county by 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 campaign also calls for the government to introduce Clare’s law, which would allow a person to ask police if their partner has a violent history.

This follows the implementation of pilot schemes in various areas, including Nottinghamshire, after Clare Wood, from Manchester, was killed by a former partner who had a violent past.

n OUR PHOTO shows Ian with Supt Chamberlain at the meeting