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Friday, 14 February, 2003, 02:28 GMT
Hitting home: Domestic violence survey part I
As part of the BBC's Hitting Home season investigating domestic violence, BBC News Online polled public attitudes.

ICM interviewed 1020 adults aged over 18 between 25 and 31 January for the survey.

The survey is in two parts:

  • General experience of domestic violence
  • Attitudes towards domestic violence

    Part one: General experience

  • General violence
    Q: Have you been involved in domestic violence or an incident of forced sex in any relationship?
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    YES 24% 21% 27%
    NO 61% 62% 61%
    NOT APPLICABLE 12% 15% 9%
    REFUSED 2% 2% 2%
    Source: BBC News Online/ICM
    General violence
    Q: Have any of the following things ever happened in a relationship where you have been living together?
    RESPONSES ALL MEN WOMEN
    NAME CALLING 44% 44% 44%
    SLAP/PUNCH/KICK 22% 19% 24%
    SAME VIOLENCE REPEATED 7% 5% 10%
    FORCED SEX 5% 2% 8%
    NONE OF THE ABOVE 50% 50% 51%
    REFUSED 2% 2% 1%
    Source: BBC News Online/ICM
    Dealing with domestic violence
    Q: Has anyone you know been involved in an incident of domestic violence or forced sex within a relationship?
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    YES 37% 32% 42%
    NO 61% 65% 56%
    REFUSED 2% 3% 2%
    Q: If so, did you recommend they should go to the police?
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    GO TO POLICE 41% 28% 50%
    DON'T GO 6% 10% 3%
    NO ADVICE GIVEN 50% 60% 44%
    REFUSED 3% 2% 3%
    Note: Base for Q2 375 respondents
    Animals and humans
    Respondents were asked two questions relating to the mistreatment of dogs versus humans
    Q: If you knew someone was kicking and mistreating their dog would you intervene by calling the RSPCA or police?
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    YES 78% 74% 81%
    NO 8% 9% 6%
    DON'T KNOW 15% 17% 12%
    Q: If you knew someone was kicking and mistreating their partner would you intervene by calling the police?
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    YES 53% 53% 53%
    NO 18% 20% 17%
    DON'T KNOW 29% 27% 30%
    Source: BBC News Online/ICM
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