Making progress on domestic abuse

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Millennials are confident domestic abuse can be stopped for future generations if awareness and educations continue to rise, a national survey from Mary Kay Inc. showed.

Awareness is rising, but more still must be done to end abuse, the survey said.

Mary Kay on Friday released the results of its sixth annual Truth About Abuse survey that shows  Americans' awareness of domestic violence is rising as is a belief that increased education on healthy relationships can make a difference.

"This year's Truth About Abuse survey showcases meaningful progress and highlights real opportunities to combat violence against women. Today, one in two male millennials believe domestic abuse can be eliminated in America. That is a powerful and very hopeful statistic," said Crayton Webb, vice president of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc.

"With increased awareness and earlier education, we can help prevent abuse and ultimately end domestic violence by teaching kids about healthy relationships from an early age," Webb said.

Highlights from the survey include:

"It is heartening to see that Americans are becoming more aware and invested in the issue of domestic violence," said Brian Pinero, chief programs officer at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect. "However, many are still struggling to recognize the signs of abuse and more education is needed to ensure that adults and teens are building healthy relationships."

In partnership with loveisrespect, the 2015 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey aims to explore how Americans' understanding of domestic violence is changing, and gauge attitudes with respect to this evolving issue. One thousand men and women nationwide participated in the online survey Sept. 3-11, 2015, sharing their insights and stories on the issue of domestic violence.

The 2015 survey is part of Mary Kay's "Don't Look Away" campaign, which works to educate the public on recognizing the signs of an abusive relationship, how to take action and to raise awareness for support services.

To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM have given $50 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse. Mary Kay is also the lead sponsor of the nation's first-ever text-based helpline operated by loveisrespect.

By simply texting 'loveis' to 22522, teens and young adults are safely and discretely connected to trained peer advocates who provide support, safety tips and referrals for their own relationships or a friend's.

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