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Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey

Mary Kay and The Mary Kay FoundationSM partner each year to survey domestic violence shelters to learn more about what is happening on the front lines of this important issue. The annual survey takes an in-depth look at domestic violence through the perspective of executive directors at women’s shelters across the country.


Silence speaks volumes. A new survey reveals that young men and women continue to grapple with various forms of dating abuse including emotional, sexual, physical and digital abuse. Seventy three percent reported they are experiencing or have experienced emotional abuse while more than half of all respondents waited six months before seeking help. In partnership with loveisrespect, the 2014 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey aimed to understand how long teens and young adults wait before they reach out for help and gauge what type of abuse is most prevalent among those who seek help.
More than 500 young men and women nationwide anonymously shared their stories with these key findings:
  • 57 percent of those surveyed have been concerned about their relationship for more than six months.
  • 73 percent reported emotional abuse followed by physical abuse at 29 percent, sexual abuse at 22 percent and digital abuse at 19 percent.
  • 40 percent hadn’t talked to anyone about abusive behavior in their relationship.
  • Young adults ages 18-24 represented 40 percent of respondents followed by teens ages 13-17 at 26 percent.
  • Young women responded to the survey at a rate of 2.5 times that of young men.
See the shocking numbers on domestic violence.   


Thanks to you, Mary Kay has donated millions of dollars USD to causes that change the lives of women and children around the world.  These donations are giving survivors of domestic violence a chance to heal, cancer sufferers a hope for tomorrow and orphaned children a reason to smile. As part of this effort in the United States, Mary Kay Inc. is proud to support  The Mary Kay FoundationSM  in its efforts to end domestic violence.


Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM have committed to building 20 Nature Explore Classrooms at women’s shelters across the country. The Nature Explore Classrooms are the first of their kind to be built at domestic violence shelters.  The classrooms provide outdoor learning spaces where the power of nature can help children learn, play and heal from abuse.

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The Mary Kay FoundationSM awards $3 million in shelter grants to 150 domestic violence shelters nationwide each year.  Each shelter receives a $20,000 grant to help combat domestic violence, educate local communities and provide much needed shelter and rehabilitation services.

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Mary Kay and members of the independent sales force are lobbying legislators to help prevent and end domestic violence. Since the 1980s, Mary Kay Inc. and members of its independent sales force have lobbied Congress and state legislatures on issues including the Violence Against Women Act and, most recently, teen dating violence awareness and prevention. Mary Kay and members of the Mary Kay independent sales force have lobbied state lawmakers in California, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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 Learn about Mary Kay’s efforts to bring about legislation to help prevent and end domestic violence.