Domestic violence, wherever and whenever it is truly occurring, is something everybody should be on board with taking a strong stand against. Between police investigation policy and the legal system, there should be no argument about protecting those who are being victimized by family members, relatives, and intimate partners or spouses. As a recent survey shows, the latter scenario can be a particular challenge due to widespread perceptions about how spouses should relate to one another.
According to a recent World Values Survey, spouses too often view abuse as somehow justified, at least in some situations. Among the findings of the survey—which looked at cultural attitudes in nearly 100 countries—there were 29 countries where at least one-third of men said it is sometimes acceptable for a husband to beat his wife. In 19 countries, at least one-third of women agreed with that it may be acceptable in some cases. The reality is that abuse of a spouse is still abuse and it is never justified. Here in the United States, we still need to remind the public of this.