NEIGHBORS/FRIENDS. Contact your neighbors and friends for support. Research in many countries has revealed that it takes a long time before women dare to speak to others about violence in the family. As long as the woman keeps quiet about the situation, the assailant is given the power to continue the violence. It is therefore very important to speak to someone. Violent behavior cannot be justified, and the attacker must not be protected for the sake of family honor or the culture. Protecting family honor is everyone's responsibility, both women and men. Women must not bear the burden alone by accepting family violence.