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Majority of men in Bahrain say 'use of force against women justified' – survey

Survey revealed men see violence as a “natural reaction” to women’s behaviour

Majority of men in Bahrain say 'use of force against women justified' – survey
(Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

The majority of men in Bahrain believe physical or emotional violence against women is justified and is a natural reaction to women’s behaviour, according to a survey taken in the kingdom.

The survey, taken by Tafawuq Centre for Women and Gender, questioned 293 men aged 17 to 70 years old and analysed 294 cases of women of various ages.

Of the men surveyed, only a few admitted to domestic violence against their spouse despite 78 percent of women revealing they were subjected to more than one form of domestic abuse, researcher Enas Fardan told Gulf Daily News.

“There was a question that showed many believe domestic violence could be justified. Initial findings showed more men, compared to those who said they did not do anything to their wives, saw violence can be a natural reaction to women’s behaviour,” Fardan said.

She added around 249 of the surveyed women were psychologically abused, 150 physically abused, 131 financially abused and 57 sexually abused.

Fardan said financial abuse is particularly higher in reality, with 80 percent of domestic violence cases received in specialised centres falling under the category.

She said the high levels of violence against women are possibly due to the education gap between husbands and wives, with more married women in Bahrain having university degrees than married men.

The survey is part of a nationwide study “We Respect Her” by the Naseem Initiative aimed at raising awareness on violence against women. It was launched following the approval of the new Family Violence Law in Bahrain in 2015 which focuses on the prevention of violence in households and the protection of victims of domestic violence.

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