Monday, 8 August 2011

A-dressing domestic violence

Fashion designer Henry Holland for Designers at Debenhams has created a new charity range of men’s t-shirts in support of ‘The Real Man Campaign’ – a national campaign launched by Women’s Aid to combat domestic violence.

The t-shirts, which carry the slogan “I’m a real man”, have been adopted by celebrities including DJ Reggie Yates (pictured), Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, and pop-band Westlife, to show their support for the fight against abuse.

Physical, emotional and sexual violence against women and children is a devastating international issue. Globally, about one in four women and girls are beaten or sexually abused in their lifetime, while at least 750,000 children witness domestic abuse each year. Women’s Aid provides crucial support and protection for those suffering from domestic violence. With 124,895 women and 54,370 children using Women’s Aid refuge and outreach services between 2009 and 2010, fundraising and charitable donations are vital in the fight against abuse.

The Real Man Campaign invites male role models to publicly criticise violence against women, asking ‘Real Men’ to help promote the message that real men do not abuse or control women.

England International and Harlequins Rugby Player Danny Care says; "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."

The ‘Real Man’ range of charity t-shirts are a way to raise awareness about this furtive issue. The profits from the sale of the t-shirts go directly to Women’s Aid, and are available exclusively at Debenhams stores and online at

And don’t worry girls, you can also show your support by wearing an “I’m a fan of a real man” t-shirt.

Why not show your support by signing the Real Man Pledge for Women’s Aid by the 25th November - the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. We here at Recognise have!

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