No blind eye to domestic abuse
By Nottingham Post | Saturday, December 29, 2012, 07:30
PEOPLE across Notts have vowed not to turn a blind eye to domestic violence, after getting involved with the Post's Man Enough campaign.
Support Geoff Savory, of Blade Barbers in Mapperley.
More than 230 people have signed up to the campaign after hearing about it through a Workplace Challenge, which was launched in the paper last month .
The challenge encouraged businesses across Notts to make their staff and customers aware of the campaign and get them to sign the White Ribbon pledge – not to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence.
This is in addition to the 4,876 people who have already signed up – taking the total number of pledges to more than 5,000.
The campaign was launched earlier this year in a bid to prevent domestic violence after it emerged that at least seven people were killed in Notts in domestic incidents in the last two years.
The Workplace Challenge was launched as a way of getting the message out to even more people in the community.
A charity, a barbers', solicitors' firm, taxi company and a union were among the organisations that got involved.
Tyehimba Nosakhere, regional organiser and lead officer for equalities for GMB Union, sent details of the campaign out to all members in Notts that have given e-mail addresses to the union.
He said the information they have sent has created a real "reaction" among their members, and some people have come forward to talk about their own experiences as victims.
"We've had situations where people are disclosing to us and we've referred them to Women's Aid – even though the domestic violence issue may not have been the problem they were having with work," he said.
"We're finding more and more, because of this, people have contacted us asking for more information and wanting to lend support in the new year.
"I think we've really lit a fire, it's starting to make a difference."
Meanwhile, Geoff Savory, who runs Blade Barbers, in Mapperley, has managed to collect more than 150 pledges – despite working in his barbers alone. He said: "It's generated quite a lot of discussion on domestic violence with a lot of guys saying in this day and age it shouldn't be an issue.
"Everyone's been of the opinion that morally there's no excuse for it."
He went on: "I like the fact it generates discussions and someone might go away and talk about it further with their family or friends, or perhaps reflect on their own behaviour."
Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) in Mansfield Road also promoted the campaign in their reception area and saw more than 20 people sign their support.
Ferg Slade, policy and campaigns officer at the charity, said: "It's been great to raise awareness – it's not something everybody knew about before.
"We've had a lot of positive thoughts and people praising the campaign. It's felt very valuable to us and the other organisations in the building."
And Wayne Prospere, manager of CloudCars taxi service in the city centre, said: "We've been speaking to people in the building as well as customers, it's been received quite well – we've spoken to people about it in the taxis. It's been very positive."