World champ joins campaign against domestic violence
THREE-TIME world champion boxer Carl Froch has backed the Nottingham Post's campaign against domestic violence.
Nottingham's IBF world super middleweight champion is today urging people across the county to stand up against domestic violence by signing the international White Ribbon pledge.
The Post wants 10,000 men across Notts to sign the campaign before Valentine's Day 2013 following at least five domestic violence murders in the county in the last two years.
This week buses are being rolled out across the city, advertising the campaign, with Carl Froch calling on residents to join him and stamp out domestic violence.
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Carl said: "When you think of a man hitting a woman – or a woman hitting a man – it's just bullying but it's worse. They're trapped in their home."
A family man himself, Carl and his girlfriend Rachael Cordingley's son Rocco will turn two at the end of this month.
And Carl is urging those with children to think about the impact domestic violence may have on them.
"Children are affected," he said. "Even if adults are fighting with each other, kids are there listening to it. It affects them in a terrible way, it's their mummy and daddy and they love both of them."
"Some of the violence that happens in homes is horrific. For kids to be witness to that is wrong."
Carl described violence at home as totally "unacceptable".
He said: "Boxing is a controlled and disciplined sport. When I fight I'm not angry, it's a controlled skill, it's an art.
"It can't be compared to this sort of violence. It's not on the same level. Although you're punching someone, you're looking to score points.
"When I was at school even though I was boxing, I was never involved in fights. I knew how to walk away."
The campaign is being run with organisations including Nottingham Police, the NDVF and Women's Aid.
Sign the White Ribbon pledge at www.man-enough.org or text Man Enough to 81400.
People who need help can contact Nottingham's Women's Aid on 0808 800 0340 or visit www.wais.org.uk