Foundation urges support for victims of domestic abuse

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 - Page 5

The Modern Women’s Foundation is calling on the public to show more concern for victims of domestic abuse and to reach out to help them.

A survey conducted by the foundation of 1,000 randomly selected people above the age of 16 found that nearly half of the respondents reported having been treated violently by their partners.

According to a survey, as many 48.8 percent of respondents said they had suffered from violence in a relationship, and of those 60.9 percent said the violence occurred while dating.

The violence included physical and sexual abuse as well as psychological abuse, and included banning partners from making other friends, constantly checking their whereabouts or throwing things when angry.

The survey, released on Wednesday, also found that 50 percent of respondents who had been abused said they would not seek help and just tolerate it, while 40 percent said they would seek help from friends or family.

Less than 3 percent said they would seek help from professionals, such as social workers, the police or medical facilities.

“We found that more than 60 percent of violence in a relationship occurs within the first year. We suggest that victims not only seek help, but try to find a solution as soon as possible,” foundation executive director Yao Shu-wen (姚淑文) said.

While encouraging victims to call for help, deputy executive director Lin Mei-hsun (林美薰) said the foundation encouraged people around victims to help.

“When you see something, you should say something, and do something about it,” she said.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to stop violence from happening,” Yao said. “At the very least, you can call the Ministry of the Interior’s anti-violence hotline at 113.”