Utah health officials are concerned about new data showing Intimate Partner Violence is a widespread problem in Utah.
18 percent of women and 10 percent of men experience this at some point in their lives, including slapping, punching, kicking or more.
But state epidemiologist Deanna Ferrell says only about 15 percent of people reach out for help.
“Often, they think their children will be taken away from them. Or they don’t have financial security by themselves. Or they think it will stop,” she said.
For men it’s less than one percent that reach out for help.
“Very low numbers for men, but this is an issue and concern for men also,” said Ferrell.
This data looked at physical violence, but they say Intimate Partner Violence can also include sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression in-person and online.
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