Westlife take part in ‘Real Man’ campaign about domestic violence07/08/2011 11:55
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Celebrities support domestic violence ‘Real Man’ campaign
Celeb spotters take note, we’ve brought together some famous men in the name of a good cause. Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder, DJ Reggie Yates, 90201 star Matt Lanter and pop stars Westlife show support for Women’s Aid’s campaign against domestic violence, modelling a range of exclusive charity t-shirts. Designer at Debenhams Henry Holland has created the t-shirts, available exclusively in Debenhams stores and at debenhams.com. The tees carry the slogan ‘I’m a Real Man’ and you can nab one for £12 with profits going to Women’s Aid.
With one woman in four experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime, Cosmopolitan magazine has joined forces with Women’s Aid and Debenhams to let everyone know that ‘Real Men’ do not abuse and control women – physically, emotionally, sexually or financially. The September issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale from Monday 8 August, has a seven page feature covering the issues surrounding domestic violence as well as quotes from the celebrities involved who talk about why domestic violence isn’t acceptable.
Westlife’s Shane Filan said: “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 also of Westlife added: “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.”
Hopefully, by wearing our ‘Real Man’ t-shirts, men can show that you don’t need to be a celebrity to support this worthwhile campaign. It’s an important message we can all help to spread.
If you or a friend are experiencing abuse in a relationship, you can go to the Survivor’s Handbook at www.womensaid.org.uk or call the National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge) on 0808 2000 247.