MAN UP To Violence Against Women for International Awareness Day
International rugby star Rob Kearney is standing up to domestic violence today, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
He supports MAN UP – the SAFE Ireland campaign asking men to stand with women to end domestic violence. Latest figures show nearly 8,000 women and over 3,000 children looked for help from a domestic violence service in one year.
A survey by SAFE Ireland, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes, found that over 95% of Irish adults agree that men have a vital role to play in preventing violence against women and children. The survey also found, however, that Irish men are not as conscious as women of the prevalence or the impact of domestic violence. But, men say that they are very willing to take actions to help prevent it.
While 52% of men say that domestic violence is common, a significant 45% of them are not aware of its impact on women. One in eight men say that they know a woman experiencing violence, compared with one in five women who say that they know a survivor. Nearly 80% of women say that domestic violence is common.
“The people who can do the most to improve the lives of so many women and children are men,” said Sharon O’Halloran, CEO of SAFE Ireland. “This survey tells us that they know this. But it also tells us that domestic violence is not necessarily something that is part of their consciousness or something that they know about as much as women. We must close this gap in men’s awareness and consciousness.”
Men are twice as likely as women to say that they would talk to a man who may be abusing a woman, to tell him to stop, and over 90% said that they would be willing to speak out about domestic violence in their communities and to talk to their sons and daughter about the crime.