One in five Brits think it’’s ok for a man to slap his wife, girlfriend

March 9th, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 9 (ANI): One in five British adults reckon it is all right if a man physically abuses his wife or girlfriend, a new survey has revealed.
According to them, it is acceptable if she merely wears ‘’sexy clothes” in public.
The survey found 14 per cent reckon blokes are justified in lashing out if a partner is ”nagging or moaning”.
And 10 per cent believe it is ok for them to hit a lover who flirts with another man.
The figures has emerged in a Government survey on domestic violence - which quizzed both men and women.
They figures have revealed that 50 percent of the public think a woman is at least partly at fault for being raped if she does not clearly say ”no”.
A third believe she is partly responsible if she is drunk and a quarter think she should take some of the blame if she wears sexy clothing.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was ‘’shocked” to see the findings, according to the officials.
They come as she launches a groundbreaking crusade to stop violence against women.
A register of abusive partners, to be monitored by police, could be set up.
This will allow cops to warn women who start dating thugs with a history of violence.
GPs will be asked to do more to spot signs of domestic violence when they see women patients. And schools will teach pupils about the problem.
Ministers are also looking at powers to ban abusive partners from the home for two weeks.
“Violence against women and girls is unacceptable. We”ve already made real progress, with domestic incidents more than halving in the past 12 years. But I want to start a national debate on what more we can do,” the Sun quoted Smith, as saying.
The survey also revealed that a third of people know a woman who has suffered violence from a man she knows. (ANI)

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