Below are three of the reasons for us taking on this debate. And here are seven reasons that we’re hearing why sometimes hitting your partner is understandable. Do you agree with any of them?
– Extreme provocation. Very unpleasant behaviour causes someone to snap.
– Self defence. If you don’t hit back, you’ll be in danger.
– It’s our culture. This is how we do things. People have rows and it’s no big deal.
– Religious beliefs. A wife is a man’s property and she can be treated accordingly.
– Occasional violence is sometimes a necessary way to get a point across.
– Someone’s childhood has been very difficult and led to violent behaviour. Understanding not condemnation is what’s needed.
– They’re under pressure at the moment. It’s not right, but it’s understandable when you think of the pressure at work / home they’ve been under.
1. The Chris Brown story.
Now let’s be clear, we have no idea what did or didn’t happen between Rihanna and Chris Brown outside the Grammy’s a week ago. But what is clear is that it’s the biggest story online, and has been for a week, and has sparked multiple debates about when, if ever, it’s acceptable (or at least forgiveable) to hit your partner.
2. New UK report – 1 in 5 men suffer domestic violence.
BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat picked up on this story and got as massive response. It seems it’s a massive issue, and one that isn’t seeing the light of day very often.
Stats came from this organisation.
3. Muslim cleric in Australia – it’s OK to hit your wife.
This is an old lecture, but there’s renewed interest in the last few weeks as it’s been picked up online.