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The 'Real Man' Campaign

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Women's Aid launched a national campaign in 2010 asking both men and women to help us to send out the message that 'Real Men' do not abuse and control women – physically, emotionally, sexually or financially.

We are proud to announce that the latest 'Real Man' to sign up to the 'Real Man' campaign is Jahmene Douglas.

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X Factor's Jahmene Douglas is proud to support our 'Real Man' campaign and we are so pleased to add him to those that have signed our pledge.

Jahmene tells Cosmopolitan in his own words, Jahmene explains to
Cosmo why real men don't hit women.

Read the full article here.

With thanks to X Factor for the great photo of our Jahmene wearing our Real Man tshirt.


Read on to find out what you can do to help support the campaign in your area.


Why the ‘Real Man’ Campaign?

Violence against women and children is a global issue for everyone… 

  • Around the world, at least one in three women and girls is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime (UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2000)
  • It is estimated that worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime (Mara Jos Alcal, United Nations Population Fund, 2005)
  • Young women are particularly vulnerable to coerced sex and are increasingly being infected with HIV and AIDS. Over half of new HIV infections worldwide are occurring among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and more than 60% of HIV-positive youth in this age bracket are female (UNIFEM, 2007) 
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the annual worldwide number of ‘honour killing’ victims may be as high as 5000 women (United Nations Population Fund, 2000)
  • It is estimated that between 100 and 140 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to one of the first three types of female genital mutilation (World Health Organisation, 2008)
  • The cost of treating physical health of victims of domestic violence, (including hospital, GP, ambulance, prescriptions) in England and Wales alone is £1,220,247,000, i.e. 3% of total NHS budget. The cost of treating mental disorder due to domestic violence is £176,000,000. (Walby, 2004)
  • At least 750,000 children a year witness domestic violence. (Department of Health, 2002)
  • One incident is reported to the police every minute. (Stanko, 2000)
  • 124,895 women and 54, 370 children used Women's Aid refuge and outreach services in 2009-2010 (Women's Aid Annual Survey) 

The 'Real Man' Campaign asks both men and women to support Women's Aid's work and ACT to end domestic and sexual violence

Download the ‘Real Man’ Campaign leaflet

Visit the ‘Real Man’ Campaign website 

What can I do to help in my local area?

You’ve already made the first step by visiting the Real Man Campaign site and signing the Pledge. So what’s next?

Services across the country need help to support victims of domestic and sexual violence.

  • Why not get in touch with your local service and find out how you can help? You could ask about volunteering, fundraising or helping to raise awareness in your community.
  • Sign up to newsletters to keep informed about the latest issues affecting services across the country.


What can I do to help Women’s Aid?

Women’s Aid works to end domestic violence against women and children, helping hundreds of thousands of people escape abuse every year. Our work has three major strands:

Protection – by campaigning for better laws and policies, and a co-ordinated approach to tackling violence against women and children in every community

Prevention – through raising awareness in every walk of life, and educating children and young people

Provision – by offering a package of 24 hour lifeline services for women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence

To find out more about the work of Women’s Aid and how you can support us click here.

How can I get help?

If you are a woman experiencing domestic and sexual violence, or know someone who is experiencing abuse and may need help and support…
Call the Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge: 0808 2000 247.
Website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Visit the Women’s Aid Survivors Forum, set up for women who have been affected by domestic and sexual abuse to share experiences and offer support to one another.

If you are a child or young person worried about domestic violence at home, are experiencing domestic and sexual violence in your own relationship, or you want to help a friend…
Visit The Hideout website: www.thehideout.org.uk  

If you are a survivor of rape and sexual abuse, or need support as a friend or family member of a survivor...
Call the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre National Helpline (open 12-2.30pm, 7-9.20pm 7 days a week) on 0808 802 9999
Or visit the Rape Crisis website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk/

If you are a man experiencing domestic violence…
Call the Men’s Advice Line, open Monday – Friday,10am – 1pm, and 2pm – 5pm: 0808 801 0327  Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

If you are abusive towards your partner…
Respect Phoneline - (free from landlines and mobile phones)
Monday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

You can also email info@respectphoneline.org.uk.


Special thanks to Mumsnet for their support... Visit their campaign page to see some of the great work they do!