For more than twenty-five years I’ve worked in the legal field as a Family Law Paralegal and have met countless men and women who were involved in domestic violent matters. It goes without saying that domestic violence is devastating to the lives involved, especially the children.
I am proud that Mary Kay has made a commitment to ending domestic violence. Today I’d like to share with you the research on domestic violence conducted in March 2011 by Mary Kay through their survey of 670 Domestic Violence Shelters nationwide. The survey was called Mary Kay Truth About Abuse :
- 80 percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide (more than three out of four) report an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse.
- 73 percent of shelters attribute this rise in abuse to “financial issues.”
- 48 percent of shelters link this increase in domestic violence to “job loss.”
- 89 percent of domestic violence shelters expect their overall situation during the next 12 months will be worse or no better due to the economy.
- 76 percent of domestic violence shelters (three out of four) indicate their funding has decreased the most from governmental organizations.
- 65 percent of women in shelters can’t find employment due to the economy.
- 56 percent of shelters note the abuse is more violent now than before the economic downturn.
- 77 percent of shelters (more than three-fourths) indicate their clients stayed longer in their relationships due to the state of the economy.