October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic violence affects us all: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Break the silence about this violence. The more we talk about it, the more survivors will feel safe to come forward, and the more perpetrators will be held accountable.
- 60% of Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
- Three out of four (73%) parents with children under the age of 18 said that they have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children
- 67% of Americans say they have not talked about domestic violence with their friends; even more, 73% have not discussed sexual assault.
- Even though 75% of Americans say that they would step in and help a stranger being abused, the reality is most people do not help.
- For example, among the 70% of women who experienced domestic violence and then told someone about it, more than half (58%) said that no one helped them.
- But 64% of Americans say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.