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Global attitudes about domestic violence changed
dramatically during the first decade of the 2000s,
according to a new study.
Nigeria had the largest change in attitude, with
65 per cent of men and 52 per cent of women rejecting
domestic violence in 2008, compared with 48 per
cent and 33 per cent in 2003, according to the study.
For the study, University of Michigan researcher
Rachael Pierotti analysed data on hundreds of thou-
sands of people collected in demographic and health
surveys funded by the United States Agency for Inter-
national Development (USAID). About half of the 26
countries surveyed are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Data on male attitudes was available for 15 of the
countries. The study found that men were more likely
than women to reject domestic violence in Benin,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi,
Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
In two countries---Madagascar and Indonesia---
attitudes among both men and women changed in
the wrong direction, according to the researcher. She
found that the percentage of men and women rejecting
domestic violence decreased in those countries.
The survey questions about attitudes toward
domestic violence differed slightly from one country
to another, according to Pierotti. A common question
"Sometimes a husband is annoyed or angered by
things his wife does. In your opinion, is a husband
justified in hitting or beating his wife in the following
• If she goes out without telling him;
• If she neglects the children;
• If she argues with him;
• If she refuses to have sex with him;
• If she burns the food."
Pierotti found that people were most likely to say
that violence was justified if a wife neglected the
children, and least likely if a wife burned the food.
She also found that attitudes about domestic vio-
lence changed among all age groups.
She found that people who lived in urban areas,
and who had more education, were more likely to
reject wife-beating than those who lived in rural
areas and who had less education. She also found
that people with access to newspapers, radio, and
television were more likely to reject wife-beating.
"The global spread of ideas about women s rights
and the increasing international attention to the
problem of violence against women may be con-
tributing to the striking change in attitudes about
this issue," she said. "But more research will be needed
in order to confirm if this is really the reason."
Study: Global shift in attitudes
toward domestic violence
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They will be supported by Trinidad s very own
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