What are facts and myths about religion

Myths and facts about violence against women

There are many myths about violence against women. Such beliefs try to excuse male violence or to hold women responsible for it. They influence the women themselves and those who could help them.

Many think ...

"Violence against women only affects the lower classes and foreigners."

But the fact is:

Violence occurs in all classes, cultures, religions and at all ages. Violence is independent of income, educational level and social status.

 

Many think ...

"He only hits because he has been drinking."

But the fact is:

Research cannot prove alcohol as a cause of violence. Alcohol often triggers violence and is often used to overcome inhibitions. Not all drunk people are bound to get violent. Drunkenness is not an excuse for violent behavior.

 

Many think ...

"She chose this man after all."

But the fact is:

With this statement, too, the responsibility for the violent behavior of the man is assigned to the woman. Hardly any man is openly violent at the beginning of a relationship. Usually the act of violence begins with subtle degradation or verbal threats. Later abuse is downplayed by the man as a one-off derailment and he promises improvement. Women often endure the violence of their husbands because they want to conform to the ideal societal image of the "ideal family", which they basically long for.

 

Many think ...

"You only experience violence on the street."

But the fact is:

The crime scene of violence is often in one's own home, with the perpetrator being the husband or partner in 97 percent of the cases. Overall, almost every fifth woman experiences violence from her partner.

 

Many think ...

"Foreign men treat their wives much worse than Austrian men."

But the fact is:

In all cultures where women are oppressed, women are affected by violence. Every culture can produce specific forms of violence. It is not certain nations or cultures that make men better or worse, but male violence exists to the extent that this violence is tolerated and not ostracized by the respective society.

 

Many think:

"It's a private matter."

But the fact is:

Violence is not a normal part of a relationship, a marriage certificate is not a permit for violence. Violent acts are criminal acts inside and outside the private sphere. Women must have the right to protection from male violence.


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