It’s Never OK

Disturbing number of people believe domestic abuse is sometimes justified

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

A survey revealed just how culturally accepted domestic violence remains in many countries across the globe. An extensive study of attitudes in almost 100 countries — the “Global Values Survey” – performed between 2010 and 2014 revealed alarming figures on opinions regarding spousal abuse. In 29 of the polled countries, at least 1 out of 3 men believe it can be acceptable for a husband to beat his wife. Perhaps even more alarming, in 19 countries at least one-third of women believe a husband beating his wife can sometimes be justified.  In some nations, these attitudes are so ingrained that a vast majority of women hold that outlook — up to 96 percent of women in Rwanda say this sort of domestic abuse could be justified. Rachel Tulchin, a gender policy adviser at the Clinton Foundation says this common view of spousal abuse helps explain the continued high rates of domestic violence around the world: “Social norms and the attitudes that underpin them really are the root cause of violence against women — it plays a huge role.”

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