Nearly half the violence in Nottingham is happening in people's homes
FORTY per cent of all violence in the city is domestic, it has been revealed.
The figures emerged at a full city council meeting when councillors praised the Nottingham Post's domestic violence campaign.
It was also reported there were 12,000 domestic incident calls to police last year in the city alone – with 2,700 crimes reported.
Councillors voted to protect their funding for domestic violence services and to lobby the Government to prevent national cuts in funding.
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Councillor Alex Norris praised the Post's Man Enough campaign for bringing so many organisations together.
They include Women's Aid, Notts Domestic Violence Forum, the police, Nottingham City Homes and councils across the county, with Gedling Borough leader John Robinson taking a leading role.
Mr Norris also named dozens of businesses, voluntary organisations and celebrities, including Nottingham boxing champion Carl Froch, that have got involved.
He said: "A remarkable breadth of people and organisations are getting involved and coming together to say we have a vision for our city.
"People will always have differing views about what they want the future of the city to look like.
"This is the thing where everyone can come together and say it's never OK."
He also expressed concern that neighbouring authorities might not protect their services, as it is not a statutory requirement.
"We can't have wide-ranging discrepancies so that it's a postcode lottery," he said.
"I look to Government to provide a national framework."
The meeting saw many other councillors give heart-felt speeches about domestic violence, including Councillor Jackie Morris who was emotional as she spoke from her own experience.
She said: "I'd like to make you aware it's such a complex issues, it's not straight forward.
"All violence is unacceptable but this violence takes place in a relationship – a relationship that was born out of love to start with – that doesn't go out the window.
"I'm not condoning that behaviour – I'm just saying it's different, the emotional abuse that comes out of it, the effect on children, the effect it has on family life."
She urged councillors to distribute the Women's Aid helpline number so that when a woman's "switch goes" and she needs to call for help, she can.
The council also heard the number will be put on bus shelters and timetables around the city, as suggested by Councillor Carole McCulloch.
And Councillor Emma Dewinton, who helped get This is England star Andrew Shim to support the campaign, said: "Having worked in a refuge, I found it frustrating that for some time, domestic violence was seen as Affecting only women. Domestic abuse impacts on children, not just in terms of physical risk or harm – but mental health, behavioural problems and overall development."
Councillor David Mellen, portfolio holder for children's services, read quotes from children who have witnessed domestic violence.
A 12-year-old boy said: "Some teachers understand if you have a sad face.
"Teachers shouldn't know because their mum will get angrier and that's worse."
He added that a nine-year-old girl said: "If you're going to tell someone your problem you have to trust them."
People who need help can contact Nottingham's Women's Aid on 0808 800 0340 or visit www.wais.org.uk