“Each man has his own unique strength. But we have one common power – to stand against domestic violence and abuse.”

Cathal Pendred. A UFC Fighter. A battler against domestic violence.

MAN UP is about the positive and powerful role that men can play in ending domestic violence, in challenging abuse and supporting women and children.

About a year ago, Ireland’s UFC Mixed Martial Arts star Cathal Pendred, approached SAFE Ireland. He wondered if there was anything he could do to help our campaign to promote the positive role that men can play in raising awareness about, and stopping, domestic violence and abuse.

Cathal’s understanding, concern and thoughtfulness on the subject of domestic violence were impressive. His commitment is an amazing example of how large numbers of men reject domestic violence and are willing to do something about it.

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Global Facts

1 in 3

Over 1 in 3 women globally experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.


20% – 75%

Between 20% and 75% of all women globally have experienced some form of emotional abuse.


62 million

62 million women in Europe have experienced physical or sexual violence since age 15.

(FRA EU Survey, 2013)

4 out of 5

4 out of five women in Europe experiencing domestic violence remained silent.

(FRA EU Survey, 2013)


90% of victims of domestic violence are female.

(US Department of Justice)

MAN UP highlights the positive role that men can play in ending domestic violence. MAN UP is a SAFE Ireland campaign. We believe that behind every great man there’s kindness, courage and support for women and children.

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