Silence, Inaction May Compound Problem of Domestic Violence: Survey - US News and World Report
MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans know victims of domestic violence or sexual assault but too few talk about the issue or take action to help victims, according to a new survey released Monday.
The survey found that 60 percent of Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, but only 42 percent of victims said they received help when they came forward.
The survey also revealed that 54 million Americans have been victims of domestic violence and 32 million have been a victim of sexual assault. Despite those large numbers, there is significant silence and inaction around the issue.
Eighty percent of respondents said they believe domestic violence is a problem, but only 15 percent think it is a problem among their friends, according to the NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survey commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women.
A huge disconnect exists in perceptions of domestic violence in the United States, according to a foundation news release