Women’s Acceptance of Violence by Husbands

Violence against women executed by husbands and male partners occurs worldwide. Though most abused women in the study had resigned themselves to accept a certain level of violence, they did not condone it, and many abused women said that perpetrators of violence should be punished, and in some cases the punishments they suggested were harsh. Women’s attitudes toward intimate partner violence should be measured by discussing policy implications.

This article presents findings from a 2002 survey conducted in six rural villages in Bangladesh suggesting that an extremely high proportion of women believe that husbands’ use of violence against their wives is acceptable.


Schuler, S. R., & Islam, F. (2008). Women’s acceptance of intimate partner violence within marriage in rural Bangladesh. Studies in family planning, 49-58.


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