£500,000 crime cash will help fight against domestic violence
NOTTS' Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed that a "good portion" of £500,000 crime-prevention cash will be given to domestic violence projects this year.
The announcement was made at an event at Broadway Cinema yesterday, marking the end of the Post's one-year domestic violence campaign.
The Man Enough campaign, launched on Valentine's Day last year, has seen more people in Notts sign the White Ribbon Campaign than nationally.
Almost 6,000 people across the county have now pledged not to "commit, condone, or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms", compared to less than 4,000 who had signed it in the UK when the campaign launched.
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The UK figure now stands at over 12,000 and national White Ribbon volunteer Joan Taylor, who said: "Without you we wouldn't have had such a successful year with so many pledges."
The campaign asked men across Notts to stand up against such violence together and condemn it. And thousands have.
Mr Tipping revealed that half a million pounds would be made available for groups tackling crime this year.
"I want to spend it on preventing crime. Crime is going down in Nottinghamshire but the reporting of domestic violence is going up – and I applaud and welcome that – but it's a challenge for us."
He added: "I hope that a good proportion will go to domestic violence activities."
The Man Enough campaign has involved Nottingham Women's Aid Integrated Services, Notts Domestic Violence Forum (NDVF), Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham City Council, Notts Police, Nottingham City Homes and many other organisations across the county.
Siobhan, of NDVF, said: "It's very inspiring and overwhelming the amount of support and enthusiasm we've had from all the partners."
And Holly Swinckels, head of service for special projects and delivery from Women's Aid Integrated Services, said: "The Man Enough campaign has given a voice to men. We know there are millions of men who don't commit violence against girls and women and we think it's really important to give those men a voice and say, 'this is not for us and not in our county'."
People who need help or support can call 0808 800 0340 or visit www.wais.org.uk. Sign up at www.man-enough.org