Real Man Campaign Quotes
JAHMENE DOUGLAS, X FACTOR CONTESTANT
“Women should know that love doesn't abuse you. It shouldn’t hurt you. Love cannot be redefined into 'He only hit me once, I'll let it slide.' Love is happiness, not being neglectful, caring, being respectful, providing, having standards, kindness, standing up for the right things."
GORDON RAMSEY, CHEF AND WOMEN'S AID AMBASSADOR
“I would never make my family feel like they are walking on eggshells around me. I may shout when I’m working in the kitchen, but that’s work. Living in fear in your own home is simply not living.”
“I would never want my wife and children to experience what my mum did. I grew up witnessing domestic violence at home, which is why I and my wife Tana are proud to be ambassadors for Women’s Aid.”
DAVE BERRY, TV & RADIO HOST
“A man shouldn’t be an authority on his girlfriend’s wardrobe. It’s a great honour when a man is asked what he thinks of what you’re wearing – and I’ve been asked a few times by some well-dressed ladies – but I’d never dictate what someone can and can’t wear. When you first meet a girl she’s wearing what she wants and it should stay that way. . .A man should enhance your confidence...”
ASHLEY BANJO, DIVERSITY
“If he checks your phone bills or shopping receipts, something isn’t right. Controlling your partner in any way is unhealthy. I’ve been with my girlfriend for five years and it’s important to me that she feels relaxed and free. . .I hate to see someone made to feel unsafe and helpless – particularly women as men are physically stronger.”
“Emotional abuse is like being continuously kicked in the shins. It can be worse than getting one punch in the face, and it cements itself."
MATT LANTER, star of 90210
“A real man wouldn’t lay a finger on a woman. He treats his partner with respect, love and support. Men are physically stronger and have no place abusing that power. Everyone has problems, and arguments happen, but that’s when a real man uses his intelligence to talk it out.”
SHANE FILAN from WESTLIFE
“My wife is my best friend. The thought that people are afraid to go home to their partners for fear of being abused physically or emotionally makes me feel sick. It’s not easy but you need to get help and get out.”
KIAN EGAN from WESTLIFE
“Any man that hits a woman is not a real man, he’s a coward. With my wife Jodi, I think it’s my job to protect her and stop anything bad happening in her life. Abusing your partner is the opposite of that. I want her to wake up and feel safe.”
IAN SOMERHALDER, ACTOR IN THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
“I wanted to take part in this campaign because it’s so easy to forget the many women who live their lives in fear because of domestic violence. Men have an important role to play in sending out the message that real men do not hurt or abuse their partners.”
REGGIE YATES, DJ
“When I heard that one in four women is affected by domestic violence in their lifetime, I was horrified. That’s why this campaign is so important. A real man is happy to support the women in his life and appreciate them. My mother and my sisters are so important to me. Violence just doesn’t make any sense.”
WOMEN'S AID AMBASSADOR, WILL YOUNG
"I have been working with Women's Aid since 2003 when I became the charity's first Ambassador, and am so pleased to be able to be a part of the 'Real Man' campaign against domestic violence. I studied domestic violence at university and feel passionately that we need to raise awareness of violence against women and children and refuse to ignore it. Just by speaking out against domestic violence and being supportive of those directly affected we can all make a positive difference."
TV PRESENTER, GETHIN JONES
"I am delighted to be part of this Women's Aid campaign - the statistics are frightening. I've spent time with the victims of these cowardly acts, and it's heartbreaking. Everyday women and children are being abused in their own homes. I am standing up and saying that I am a Real Man, and that violence against women and children has to end."
SOCCER AM PRESENTER, MAX RUSHDEN
"I really wanted to support this campaign because I love heart shaped glasses. Seriously though, I've never hit anyone. I'm anti-violence full stop. Against women, against men, against animals. Against anything.”
ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL AND HARLEQUINS RUGBY PLAYER, DANNY CARE
"While it can be aggressive playing rugby, the aggression doesn't leave the rugby pitch. A Real Man doesn't need to use violence or be abusive to others, especially towards his partner and family. I am proud to support the Women's Aid Real Man campaign."
ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL AND HARLEQUINS RUBGY PLAYER, UGO MONYE
"I was shocked to find out that 1 in 4 women are affected by domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. So many women never tell anyone that they are being abused by their partner. I have joined the 'Real Man' Women's Aid campaign to show that real men don't abuse women and that a real man will always stand up against domestic violence."
ACTOR, RICKY WHITTLE
"We can all do something to help end domestic violence. A Real Man would never abuse his partner or children, and I am proud to put my name to the Women's Aid Real Man campaign."
FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS SINGER, HUEY MORGAN
"While I didn't grow up in a family where there was domestic violence I knew of families in my neighbourhood where abuse was happening. I wanted to be part of the Women's Aid Real Man campaign to send out the message that real men don't abuse their partners or their children."
ENTREPRENEUR AND DRAGON'S DEN STAR, DUNCAN BANNATYNE OBE
"I wanted to take part in the Women's Aid Real Man campaign because domestic violence affects so many women and children during their lifetime and I think it is important to stand up against what is often a hidden crime."
CHEF, TOM AIKENS
"With two women every week in England and Wales being killed by their partner or ex-partner, we need to act now to end domestic violence. I am only too pleased to add my name to the Real Man campaign for Women's Aid."
ACTOR, JOHN NETTLES
"Domestic violence is often ignored as it usually happens behind closed doors and it can seem easier not to get involved. Yet, domestic violence continues to affect 1 in 4 women at some point in their lifetime, regardless of their background, career, race or age, and it is vital that we do something now to protect those directly affected by abuse in the home."