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Attitudes towards domestic violence

Attitudes towards domestic violence

World Fit for Children goal: Protect children from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence [...]

Domestic violence is the most common form of violence against women. Household surveys in 57 countries were conducted to determine attitudes towards domestic violence. When asked their opinions, on average, half of girls and women aged 15–49 responded that a husband or partner is justified in beating his wife under certain circumstances.

Domestic violence affects women’s well-being and the health, nutrition and education of both children who experience it and children who witness it. In the context of gender inequality, women’s response to abuse reflects their relatively fewer options to change or leave the relationship and their assessment of how best to protect themselves and their children. Ending domestic violence requires changing attitudes that permit such abuse, developing legal and policy frameworks to prohibit and reject it, and improving women’s access to economic resources and girls’ access to education.

 

CHANGING ATTITUDES IN SEVEN COUNTRIES

Percentage of girls and women aged 15–49 who responded that a husband or partner is justifi ed in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances, in seven countries with comparable trend data (around 2000 and around 2005)

 

WOMEN’S ATTITUDES TOWARDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Percentage of girls and women aged 15–49 who responded that a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances (1999–2006)

 

NEGLECTING THE CHILDREN IS THE REASON MOST OFTEN GIVEN BY THOSE WHO RESPONDED THAT WIFE-BEATING IS JUSTIFIABLE

Percentage of girls and women aged 15–49 who responded that a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances, by reason (1999–2006)

 

OLDER GIRLS AND YOUNGER WOMEN SLIGHTLY MORE LIKELY THAN OLDER WOMEN TO RESPOND THAT WIFEBEATING IS JUSTIFIABLE

Percentage of girls and women aged 15–49 who responded that a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances, by age group (1999–2006)

 

Source for figures on this page: UNICEF global databases, 2007, based on latest available estimates from MICS, DHS and other national surveys in 57 countries for 1999–2006. In Egypt, Somalia and Turkmenistan, only women who are or were ever married were surveyed; in Tajikistan, only women who are married or in union were surveyed. Breakdown by age group is based on survey data in 55 countries. Women’s response to abuse: WHO, World Report on Violence and Health, 2002.