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Hyde United players back domestic abuse campaign
Monday 15th January 2018 @ 14:53 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Hyde United footballers are among many groups of men across the borough helping to encourage other males to #OpenUp.

Manager Darren Kelly said: “We’re pleased to support the campaign and hope we can help reach even more Tameside men this this message that it’s okay to open up and seek help if they’re experiencing domestic abuse.”

The campaign has also been supported by bin men, police officers, street cleaners, hospital staff and office workers among many others.

Posters are going up across the borough, including male toilets in pubs and gyms, to reach men with the message. The campaign will also target men online and on social media.

Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for community safety, said: “Men are renowned for bottling up their problems and feelings but we want to urge them not to keep domestic abuse a secret. Male victims may feel very alone but one in six men are victims, that’s at least one person within your sports team, office or group of mates at the pub.

“We want to highlight that getting help is the strong thing to do and hope the campaign will reach out to all men – whatever their jobs, interests or backgrounds – and encourage them to open up and get support and practical help.”

You can follow the conversation by using the hashtag #openup