Sad Stats on Women’s Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence Internationally


A new post on Akimbo displays this graph of women’s attitudes towards domestic violence. As you can see, in many cases a disturbingly high percentage of women say it is sometimes OK for their husbands to hit them.
The graph depicts figures as high as 90% (Jordan) of women aged 15-49 responding in the affirmative when asked if a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances.
The information in the graph comes from the UNICEF site Child Info: Monitoring the Situation of Women and Children and was collected between 2001 and 2007. There’s no info on attitudes of women in the U.S. in the study, but I’d be really interested to know if the U.S. figures were very different (based on the amount of “she deserved it” that went on during the whole Chris Brown/Rihanna escapade, I somehow doubt it).
You can view a chart with more country info and sources here.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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