Men less aware of impact of domestic abuse

Almost half of men are unaware of the impact of violence on women, it has emerged.

However, a Safe Ireland study found that while men are less likely to know a woman living in a violent situation, they are willing to take action to prevent domestic abuse.

The poll by the national organisation of domestic violence services found that women are more conscious than men of a range of physical and emotional consequences and dangers faced by women and children living with violence.

Women are also more likely to know a woman living in a violent situation.

One in eight men (11%) said they knew a woman experiencing violence, while one in five women (20%) say that they know a survivor.

Men are less conscious of the consequences of domestic violence than women.

The survey found 45% of men claim to be unaware of the impact of violence on women.

The survey was released yesterday to coincide with Safe Ireland’s Man Up campaign to highlight the role men play in ending violence against women and children.

Safe Ireland CEO Sharon O’Halloran said the gap in awareness between men and women showed there was work to do in making violence against women an issue men knew more about.

Ms O’Halloran said men knew they could do the most to improve the lives of women and children.

However, domestic violence was not necessarily something that was part of their consciousness or something they knew as much about as women

“As long as this gap in awareness and consciousness exists, the longer it will take us to prevent and end violence in the home,” said Ms O’Halloran.

The survey found men (97%) and women (96%) agree that men have a key role to play in preventing violence.

Men (35%) were twice as likely as women (18%) to say they would talk to a man and tell him to stop abusing.

However, women are more likely to provide information to a domestic abuse survivor about a helpline or domestic violence service.

* See www.manup.ie


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