6,000 Notts men join the campaign to say 'Stop the attacks on women'
ALMOST 6,000 men in Notts have pledged to help end domestic violence as part of the Post's Man Enough campaign.
The year-long drive, which was launched on Valentine's Day 2012, has been described as a "springboard" for the future.
Nottingham boxer Carl Froch, among the first to sign the White Ribbon pledge against violence towards women, said: "It's fantastic to see so many others have also taken a stance on this.
"It's so important to raise awareness about domestic violence because it helps give people the courage to step forward and pick up the phone for help."
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The successes of the campaign were celebrated at an event at the Broadway Cinema. Notts Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping promised domestic violence groups would get a "good proportion" of a new £500,000 fund.
He said: "I think the campaign has reinforced the strong feeling in the city and county that there's a problem and that we need to do more. We've had a year of achievement, which is a springboard for the future."
The campaign was launched after seven domestic violence deaths in Notts over two years, including Casey Brittle, 21, of Basford who was beaten to death by her partner.
Domestic violence survivors have also praised the campaign.
Sarah, 36, from Broxtowe, who was trapped in a violent marriage, said: "The more awareness of it in the papers like this, having the helpline numbers and making it more understandable, would have helped me."
Other key achievements include the city council vowing to protect domestic violence funding and the GMB union writing a domestic violence policy for businesses.