Many men willing to get involved to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault

According to new research by Peter D Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, over half of men think it’s very or fairly likely that, at some point in their lives, they will know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, and most are willing to take action to raise awareness, help victims, and promote healthy, violence-free relationships.

“Across the board, men want more done to stop domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Verizon (who supported the research) Wireless President and CEO Lowell McAdam. “Men are ready to do their part by talking to the next generation, donating wireless phones to help victims and more. Verizon Wireless will continue its commitment to stop violence, and encourages men — and women — to take action.”

Over half (57%) of those questioned think that they could personally make at least some difference in preventing violence, with 73% thinking they can promote healthy, respectful, non-violent relationships.

“There has been a sea of change in men’s attitudes toward domestic, dating and sexual violence, and especially in their willingness to take action to stop it,” FVPF President Esta Soler said. “That’s one reason domestic violence has been declining in this country. But it’s still a tremendous problem. We need many more individuals and institutions to get involved. We are asking Congress to fully fund the Violence Against Women Act, and the sports, business and other communities to step up and do their part. It is within our reach to dramatically reduce violence against women, but we all need to be part of the solution. That so many men say they are willing to act gives us real hope.”

Other findings of the research found that 70% of men are willing to talk to children about healthy relationships. 60% said that sports and entertainment industries, government, schools and colleges, the news media, and businesses, should do more to raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.

87 percent want employers to provide information for victims, 83 percent want employers to adopt policies to help victims, 77 percent want supervisors and managers to be trained to support victims, and 72 percent want employers to provide resources to employees on how to talk to children about healthy, violence-free relationships

The survey was conducted nationally across the United States during April and May, 2007.