The Truth About Abuse

05-04-2012 9:46 AM

Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President and The Mary Kay Foundation Board MemberToday’s post is contributed by Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President and The Mary Kay Foundation Board Member.  Anne has advocated for years on domestic violence education, prevention and awareness – with a heartfelt conviction that ending domestic violence is possible. She issues a shared challenge to us all to make a difference.

While reflecting on the nationwide 2012 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey findings, I realized once again that the survey results represent more than staggering numbers — they signify lives in the balance.  Though much recovery from the economic downturn has taken place since it started four years ago, domestic violence survivors still have a long way to go as the economy continues to takes its toll on them.

Sadly, the 2012 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey continues to illustrate that the vast majority of shelters across the United States consistently report startling increases in the demand for their services and decreases in funding. In short, demand is up, while funding, services and prevention programs are down.

Domestic violence affects millions of individuals every year — whether physical, verbal, emotional or financial abuse. We all know someone who is, was or will be a victim. This crime is a community issue and impacts everyone — our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, neighbors and colleagues.  We all must be part of the solution, especially during this economically difficult time. Individuals and businesses must get involved in efforts to educate, prevent and eventually end, domestic violence.

Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation have continually been leaders in domestic violence awareness and prevention programs.  In response to these alarming survey findings, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM have been responding with programs such as Lobbying for Good, The Mary Kay Foundation Shelter Grants and Nature Explore Classrooms, to name a few.  More details are available at:  www.marykay.com/domesticviolence 

I invite you to do your part by:
• Making a contribution to anti-domestic violence organizations and women’s shelters.
• Volunteering your time.
• Speaking out against domestic violence in a public setting or in individual conversations.
• Donating household goods or food items to a shelter.
• Urging public officials to support legislation that serves survivors and holds perpetrators accountable. One way is to sign the online petition at www.enddatingviolence.com that encourages lawmakers to help end teen dating violence.

Thank you for taking the time to read the 2012 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey findings and trends at http://tiny.cc/dv2012report, considering how you will help and joining us at Mary Kay in this vital community issue that affects us all. Thank you in advance for your concern regarding this wide-reaching issue and your efforts to help prevent and end domestic violence in our country, once and for all!