News Release

Sound Bite: Father's Day Poll: Men Willing To Talk To Kids About The Issues Of Domestic Violence And Assault

June 13, 2007

Debra Lewis
Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7512

Sound Bite

With Father's Day right around the corner, a new national poll looked at men's attitudes toward domestic violence and found that many men are already getting involved by talking to their children about healthy, violence-free relationships.

The poll showed that 57 percent of men surveyed believe that they can personally make a difference in preventing domestic violence, and seven in 10 men are willing to make time to talk to children about violence-free relationships, up from 55 percent of men who answered the same question in 2000.

Specifically, 82 percent of fathers with children under 18 are willing to make time to talk to their children about the issue, and nearly two-thirds of all men without children say the same.

And, men aren't just willing to take action — many have already taken steps to address the issue. More than two in three fathers have talked to their sons about violence-free relationships, while 63 percent of men with daughters have done the same.

The poll was conducted on behalf of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, with support from Verizon Wireless.

You can see more of the results from this poll by visiting www.verizonwireless.com/surveyresults.

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