BD AF Real men don’t hit women A new campaign urging men to reject Domestic Abuse against women is being launched in Bristol Posters, which have been produced by the Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum, bear the strapline, „Domestic Abuse There‟s No Excuse‟ and feature a series of passport images of men and the text: „We don‟t tolerate abuse violence against women; neither should you‟. The posters have gone up at a number of prominent bus shelter hoardings around the city. Fliers bearing a smaller version of the poster will also be widely distributed to venues including health centres, schools and libraries. The poster campaign will launch a series of events throughout the city in November highlighting the issue of Domestic Abuse including a candlelit walk from Queen Square to College Green on Tuesday, November 21. The events are all designed to link in with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which is marked annually on November 25. Carol Metters, Chair of the Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “The men on our posters are standing up to say that violence against women is unacceptable and has to stop. The campaign also aims to inform both survivors and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse how they can get help and helpline numbers feature on the poster.” Councillor Gary Hopkins, Chair of the Safer Bristol Partnership which supports BDAF, said: “Domestic Abuse of women is cowardly and wrong and has no place in a civilised society. It ought to be a matter of shame that it is still so prevalent and currently represents around a fifth of all violent crime in Bristol. “We want to encourage more people to come forward and get help and also send out the message that Domestic Abuse won‟t be tolerated in Bristol.” DCI Dave McCallum, of the Public Protection Unit, Bristol, said: “That the Domestic Abuse of women by men still remains so widespread is an affront to every right-thinking man and yet some still seek to justify it, sometimes dismissing terrifying attacks as 'just a domestic'. “Men need to accept that violence and cruelty against women can never be justified and actively stand up to challenge it at every opportunity. This insidious behaviour permanently blights the lives of all who are touched by it. “Bristol Police are committed to acting positively in every case when responding to these cowardly crimes and using all legitimate means at our disposal to bring perpetrators to justice. Our message to those involved is to look at yourselves, recognise your problem and seek help now." If you are experiencing Domestic Abuse and need help, call the Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum Freephone line on 0800 6949 999. If you are worried about your abusive behaviour, call Respect on 0845 122 8609. Ends Note to the Editor: Domestic Abuse: some facts Police statistics for 2005-06 show that there were 8,031 domestic incidents in Bristol. Research suggests that incidents reported to the police are just the tip of the iceberg. One in four women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives (British Medical Association, 1998) One woman is murdered in the UK every three days by her current or former partner (repeated British crime surveys) Domestic violence accounts for nearly a quarter of all recorded violent crime in England and Wales Children are often exposed to domestic violence with potentially severe consequences for their later lives The Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum is an umbrella organisation made up of representatives from both voluntary and statutory organisations, as well as members of the community, who come together to promote a co-ordinated approach to tackling Domestic Abuse in Bristol. The Safer Bristol Partnership is a an umbrella organisation made up of a range of organisations including Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, the Primary Care Trusts, the Crown Prosecution Service, Avon and Somerset Probation Services, Avon Fire and Rescue Service, the Government Office for the South West, HM Prison-Bristol, the Drug Providers Forum and VOSCUR, Bristol‟s Council for Voluntary Services, which spearheads Bristol‟s response to drugs, crime and community safety.