For men, hypermasculinity was the strongest predictor of acceptance of dating violence and inability to recognize warning signs of dating violence.
These findings can be used to inform future interventions to reduce dating violence among college students.
These attitudes in effect allow violence to continue to exist in the community.
They prevent many victims and witnesses from reporting violence in the family.
Individuals who hold violence-supportive attitudes are not necessarily “violent-prone” or would openly condone violence against women.
However, when influential people express these attitudes or a substantial number of people hold them, it can create a culture in which a behaviour is not clearly condemned and at worst condoned or encouraged.
Intimate partner violence is still not well understood.In Australia, 95% of all victims of violence (both males and females) experienced violence from a male perpetrator.This includes physical or sexual assault, or threats.The same data for children and young people less than 15 years old is not easily available.Abuse and neglect of children is not always measured according to relationship, but by presence in the family.