Mansfield shows its support for White Ribbon Day

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TOMORROW, Sunday 25th November, is White Ribbon Day and people across Mansfield District are being encouraged to take a stand against Domestic Violence by wearing a white ribbon and taking the Man Enough Pledge.

Support for the White Ribbon Campaign is moving at pace, with men across the District taking the pledge to never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.

On Sunday 18th November, Mansfield Town FC manager Paul Cox signed the pledge ahead of the Stag’s home game against Luton Town. Players and staff also signed the pledge following the game. Fans showed their support by donating £175.64 via a bucket collection, which will go to local charities - Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) and Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid.

The campaign has also been backed by local radio station Mansfield 103.2. Presenters Ian Watkins, Norman Cox and Stewart Nicholson have all signed the Man Enough pledge.

Mansfield District Council employees are also supporting the campaign and front line staff are wearing white ribbons.

On Sunday Mansfield Churches Together will be giving money collected from church services to local domestic violence services. The local Football Association Committee will also be marking the day with PSV Woodhouse Football Club wearing Man Enough t-shirts ahead of their game against Ritz Rangers.

The Council is aiming to become a White Ribbon Authority by February 2013, which is an award for authorities wishing to demonstrate their commitment to ending male violence against women by engaging the whole community.

White ribbons will be available from Monday 26 November at Mansfield District Council’s Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield and at from the customer services desk at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield. Man Enough pledge sheets will also be available for men to sign.

Cllr Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, said: “Domestic abuse can often be a hidden problem, a crime that takes place behind closed doors, but it is estimated that as many as one in four women are affected by domestic violence in their lifetime.

“By standing together, we hope encourage more people to seek support and to send out a clear message that domestic abuse, in any form, is not acceptable.

“We are particularly keen to get local businesses on board as domestic violence can impact on employees, which in turn affects business costs, productivity and workplace safety. By actively supporting this campaign, local businesses would be sending out a powerful message that recognises the importance of the issue.”

If you would like to talk to someone about domestic abuse you can contact:

Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) on 01623 683 250 or www.nidas.org.uk

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid on 01909 533 610 or www.nottswa.org.uk

Nottinghamshire 24 hour free phone helpline on 0808 800 0340

Men’s Advice Line for male victims 0808 801 0327 or www.mensadviceline.org.uk

The Man Enough pledge: “I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.” Men can make this pledge by visiting www.ndvf.org.uk or www.man-enough.org or by texting man or man enough to 81400.