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Glasgow pupils acceptance of domestic violence

Nancy Lombard from Edinburgh University announced details of a survey she had carried out with 89 pupils from five Glasgow primary schools which showed very worrying levels of acceptance of male violence against women in the home. In discussions the youngsters started out saying that violence was 'wrong' but then took a different view when asked to respond to certain scenarios. For example, 80 per cent said that a man was justified in being violent towards his partner if his dinner was not ready on time. A similar number thought that a man was right to hit his partner if she had been having an affair. Girls also took the view that boys being violent towards them was 'normalised behaviour'. (For more information.)

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