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Women’s Aid warns of trivialisation of domestic violence in light of 50 Cent allegations

Thu, 4th Jul 13

 Women’s Aid is warning about the potential trivialisation of domestic violence, in light of reports that American rapper 50 Cent has been charged with assaulting his ex-partner. The charity is warning that regular news reports of violence allegedly committed by male celebrities against their partners serve to normalise domestic violence in the eyes of their fans, making young people think domestic violence can be acceptable in relationships.

Women’s Aid is today calling for everyone in the UK to sign up to the charity’s 'Real Man' pledge which stands up against all forms of domestic violence. The charity is urging all men and women in the UK to sign the pledge at www.realmancampaign.com to send a clear message that abuse in relationships is never acceptable.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive at Women’s Aid said:

“News of yet another high profile case of domestic violence demonstrates how widespread abuse in relationships is, and highlights why we all need to stand together against it. With many men in the public eye reportedly abusing their partners, it can become normalised in society and it is unsurprising that we continue to see one in four women experiencing domestic violence at some point in her lifetime. On average two women every week in England and Wales being killed by a current or former partner, and we must remember how serious domestic violence is and why we all have a role to play in speaking out against it."