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Have the strength to change: Domestic violence services shouldn't stigmatise dads.

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The purpose of this petition is to request that the Royal Borough of Greenwich replace their ‘Dad’s have the strength to change’ poster and promote a more balanced message that shows due regard to hardworking mothers and fathers.

I am asking any sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, grandparents, sons and / or daughters who are sick of seeing fathers being singled out and demonised in such a manner to sign this petition.

Despite numerous complaints and national newspaper coverage the council have defended their choice of words, stating that the campaign is designed to help all family members at risk and that 'whilst women can also be the cause of domestic violence, the majority of incidents are committed by men.'

Intimate partner violence is a complex and emotive issue. Women are more often injured or killed as a consequence of intimate partner violence (IPV) but research also shows that on average women can actually be more physically aggressive towards their partners than men.

According to Greenwich Council’s own website, they estimate that one in four women and one in six men in their region experience domestic abuse. Based on this is a message suggesting that any men accessing their services will likely be perceived as perpetrators really the most effective away of addressing violence against vulnerable people of either sex?

It only took 750 people to convince Sussex Police to withdraw a poster that some people perceived to blame victims of sexual abuse. I think that one person should have been enough to convince Greenwich Council that this poster is grossly offensive.

I hope that you agree and will support this petition.



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