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Bahamas Ranks High For Tolerance Of Violence To Women And Children

When asked if they would approve of a husband hitting a wife who is unfaithful, 7.7 per cent of Bahamians surveyed said they would approve while 29.5 per cent said they would not approve, but understand.

When asked if they would approve of a husband hitting a wife who is unfaithful, 7.7 per cent of Bahamians surveyed said they would approve while 29.5 per cent said they would not approve, but understand.

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In response to the question of whether to correct a child who misbehaves was it necessary to hit or physically punish a child, more than 70 per cent of Bahamians said it was “always” or “most often” or “sometimes” necessary.

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Deputy Chief Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net 

THE Bahamas ranked high among countries in the Caribbean that have tolerance or understanding for hitting women or correcting children with physical punishment, according to an Inter-American Development Bank  study.

The data is detailed in the report “How safe are Caribbean Homes for Women and Children? - Attitudes toward Intimate Partner Violence and Corporal Punishment.” 

When asked if they would approve of a husband hitting a wife who is unfaithful, 7.7 per cent of Bahamians surveyed said they would approve while 29.5 per cent said they would not approve, but understand. 

However, when asked if they approved of a husband hitting his wife if she neglected household chores, only 2.4 per cent of Bahamians surveyed said they would approve while 20.5 per cent said they would not approve but understand, the report released in December 2016 said.

It also noted: “Tolerance for hitting a woman is higher if she is unfaithful; one in three Caribbean residents would approve or understand—39 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women—in this scenario.

“Acceptance is highest in Suriname where nearly half, 46.5 per cent, of adults would approve of or understand hitting a woman under these circumstances. Again, Caribbean adults were significantly more likely than were Latin Americans to tolerate violence against women if she is unfaithful, 5.7 percentage-point difference. Outright approval was highest in Guyana, 10.2 per cent, Suriname, 8.3 per cent, and The Bahamas, 7.7 per cent.”

Other countries included in the study included Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Latin America.

In response to the question of whether to correct a child who misbehaves was it necessary to hit or physically punish a child, more than 70 per cent of Bahamians said it was “always” or “most often” or “sometimes” necessary.

Nearly 80 per cent of Bahamians said they had “always,” “most often” or “sometimes” been hit or physically punished as a child to correct bad behaviour. 

The report said the impact of violence on different gender groups (men, women, boys, and girls) is still understudied particularly in contexts—such as those of many Caribbean countries— characterised by high levels of urban violence. In these contexts, emphasis is often placed on homicide and violent criminal activity, which have predominantly male victims.

However, women and children suffer disproportionately from different kinds of violence than adult men—including intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence, family violence, and child abuse, the report said.

It also noted that nearly one in three women in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region will experience violence in her lifetime, typically at the hands of an intimate partner.

The report is available on the IDB’s website. 

Comments

HarryWyckoff 6 months ago

When will parents learn - Violence begets violence.

Wonder why we have a nation who's only method of conflict resolution is to pull a knife or gun?

They were shown early on that if you want to 'correct someone's behviour' to be in line with what you want, then violence is the answer.

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TheMadHatter 6 months ago

No equal rights for women. OK to rape your wife. Single mothers brutalizing male toddlers and up to early teens. Boys learn to "get back at them" for this. The church supports all of the above. The Chinese love that we are killing and maming each other - they are happy to put the money in their cash registers. Where do you go to buy food? "Down the road by the Chinese" Thank Buddha for that.

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DDK 6 months ago

WHY do the Chinese love that we are killing and maiming each other and putting the money in the cash register??????

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banker 6 months ago

Crap -- were they talking to Potcake Miller again? His argument of "beating your sweetheart till your hand hurts cuz they like it" comment raised us way over the average !!

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TheMadHatter 6 months ago

DDK.....I said "putting the money in THEIR cas register"....not ours.

Do you think we have enough Chinese food stores, or we need more?

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baldbeardedbahamian 6 months ago

Chinese run the food stores because when Bahamians try to it they steal so much money from themselves that they go out of business right quick.

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

Go and read the Book of Leviticus .......... and then check out Bahamian gender attitudes

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