People in Mansfield are trying to increase people's understanding of domestic violence as the town bids to become a White Ribbon Authority by February 2013. The Award is given to local councils demonstrating their commitment to ending male violence against women.
On average the police receive 49 reports of domestic violence across Mansfield every week. It is a crime which is under reported and many people will experience abuse for a long time before having the confidence to tell someone. Most victims are women, but it also affects men and is often witnessed by children.
The Council is making a £500 donation to local women's domestic violence support charities.