MANSFIELD Chad staff are throwing their weight behind a national campaign to tackle domestic abuse - and urging others across Nottinghamshire to make the pledge.
The White Ribbon Campaign was launched on Sunday and Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) are raising awareness of domestic abuse and calling on men to pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic abuse.
Across Mansfield there are on average 49 reports of domestic violence to the police every week, but many people will experience abuse for a long time before telling someone.
The White Ribbon Town Award is for authorities wishing to demonstrate their commitment to ending male violence against women by engaging the whole community.
NIDAS manager Lisa Haydon is urging as many people as possible to sign the pledge, which aims to get a minimum of 10,000 signatures from men across Nottinghamshire, stating their opposition to abuse against women and girls.
“It is a gritty subject matter but if we never talk about it, we will never break those barriers down,” she said.
“We’re delighted that the Chad and other businesses are signing up and we’d urge your friends, family and work colleagues to sign the pledge.”
Coun 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 and one in six men are affected.”
IF you would like to contact someone about domestic abuse you can call NIDAS on 01623 683250 or www.nidas.org.uk.
There are also other charities across Nottinghamshire which help victims of domestic violence.
Contact Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid on 019090 533610 or visit www.nottswa.org.uk.
Sign the White Ribbon Campaign at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/manenoughwrc or www,man-enough.org or text Man or Man Enough to 81400.