TITLE: 8 in 10 won't intervene in domestic violence cases: AWAREBy Sara Grosse
POSTED: 27 May 2013 2:46 PM
More than 80 per cent of respondents in a survey on the perceptions of violence say they would not intervene if they knew that a friend, relative or neighbour is being abused by a partner.
SINGAPORE: More than 80 per cent of respondents in a survey on the perceptions of violence say they would not intervene if they knew that a friend, relative or neighbour is being abused by a partner.
The survey, conducted by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), found that the main reason for their inaction is that they do not know how to help.
Other reasons cited are the fear of the abuser's reaction and the feeling that it is none of their business.
The survey also found that while nine in 10 people recognise physical violence, only seven in 10 recognise non-physical violence.
To address this, AWARE has joined a global campaign called "We Can!", a ground-up initiative to trigger change in social attitudes towards violence.
Over the next three years, the campaign aims to mobilise more than 1,000 individuals and community groups who will make a commitment to work towards a violence-free society.
These individuals, called "Change Makers" will be ambassadors of gender equality and non-violence through art, performance, sports and community networks.
The campaign has so far recruited 80 Change Makers.