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Friday, 14 February, 2003, 02:29 GMT
Hitting home: Domestic violence survey part II
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 two: Attitudes towards domestic violence

  • Responses to violence
    What would be your attitude to the following incidents if they happened in your relationship?
    NAME CALLING ALL MEN WOMEN
    ACCEPT IT 69% 73% 66%
    END RELATIONSHIP 21% 18% 23%
    DON'T KNOW 10% 8% 12%
    REGULAR NAME CALLING ALL MEN WOMEN
    ACCEPT IT 27% 32% 22%
    END RELATIONSHIP 58% 55% 62%
    DON'T KNOW 15% 13% 16%
    ONE-OFF VIOLENCE ALL MEN WOMEN
    ACCEPT IT 24% 28% 20%
    END RELATIONSHIP 64% 58% 69%
    DON'T KNOW 12% 14% 11%
    REPEATED VIOLENCE ALL MEN WOMEN
    ACCEPT IT 3% 4% 2%
    END RELATIONSHIP 87% 85% 89%
    DON'T KNOW 11% 12% 9%
    VIOLENCE NEEDING MEDICAL HELP ALL MEN WOMEN
    ACCEPT IT 2% 2% 1%
    END RELATIONSHIP 89% 87% 90%
    DON'T KNOW 10% 11% 8%
    FORCED SEX ALL MEN WOMEN
    ACCEPT IT 10% 11% 10%
    END RELATIONSHIP 77% 76% 79%
    DON'T KNOW 12% 13% 11%
    REGULAR FORCED SEX ALL MEN WOMEN
    ACCEPT IT 2% 2% 2%
    END RELATIONSHIP 87% 85% 89%
    DON'T KNOW 11% 13% 9%
    Source: BBC News Online/ICM
    Attitudes towards domestic violence
    Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
    "Domestic violence is not acceptable except if one partner has been unfaithful"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 30% 30% 31%
    DISAGREE 64% 62% 65%
    DON'T KNOW 6% 8% 4%
    "Domestic violence is not acceptable unless one person has nagged the other"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 27% 28% 25%
    DISAGREE 67% 64% 69%
    DON'T KNOW 7% 8% 5%
    "Domestic violence is not acceptable under any circumstances"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 60% 57% 63%
    DISAGREE 24% 27% 22%
    DON'T KNOW 16% 16% 15%
    "Domestic violence is behind closed doors and should be for the partners to sort out themselves"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 49% 53% 45%
    DISAGREE 44% 38% 49%
    DONíT KNOW 7% 8% 6%
    "Some people say incidents of domestic violence can be forgiven"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 30% 35% 26%
    DISAGREE 47% 43% 52%
    DON'T KNOW 23% 23% 23%
    Source: BBC News Online/ICM
    Attitudes towards domestic violence
    Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
    "The police should always be called to incidents of domestic violence"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 29% 26% 32%
    DISAGREE 62% 64% 60%
    DON'T KNOW 8% 9% 7%
    "People who hit their partners should lose the right to see their children"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 39% 36% 42%
    DISAGREE 51% 53% 49%
    DON'T KNOW 10% 11% 10%
    "Information about people who have hit their partners should be shared by police and social services"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 62% 60% 64%
    DISAGREE 29% 31% 26%
    DON'T KNOW 9% 9% 10%
    "People who kill or maim a partner who has abused them should not be prosecuted"
    RESPONSES: ALL MEN WOMEN
    AGREE 30% 30 30%
    DISAGREE 61% 60% 62%
    DON'T KNOW 9% 10% 9%
    Source: BBC News Online/ICM
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