Celebrities support domestic violence ‘Real Man’ campaign
BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 5 AUG 2011 08:05 CELEBRITY & GOSSIPCOMMENTS
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.”
Radio 1 DJ, Reggie Yates said: “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.”
Actor Matt Lanter from 90210 said: “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.”
Vampire Diaries actor, Ian Simonhalder said: “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.”
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.