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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Why Does Domestic Violence Continue?

The following questions were developed to determine what the public believes are the reasons why domestic violence is a problem. Results represent a combination of respondents who either agreed/strongly agreed or disagreed/strongly disagreed with the statement.

Question 8
Causes of Domestic Violence
Percent
Agree
Disagree
Domestic violence continues because most women will not leave the men who abuse them. 89.8% 10.2%
Domestic violence is the result of a couple's inability to communicate and resolve conflicts. 79.4% 20.6%
Drug and alcohol problems are the primary cause of domestic violence. 78.4% 21.6%
Many women have to choose between living on their own and being poor or staying in the home where they are being battered. 76.7% 23.2%
Most men learn to be violent because they were beaten or witnessed violence in their home when they were growing up. 73.1% 26.9%
Domestic violence is caused by the breakdown of the traditional family. 67.6% 32.4%
The court system does very little to protect abused women. 64.9% 35.1%
Domestic violence is a result of unequal relationships between men and women. 54.3% 45.7%
Domestic violence exists because police won't stop it. 21.9% 77.1%
It's none of my business if a husband physically abuses his wife during an argument inside their own home. 14.8% 85.2%

*Those who neither agreed nor disagreed were not used to calculate valid percentages.

The primary reasons citizens believe domestic violence is a problem include:

  • most women will not leave the men who abuse them,
  • a couple's inability to communicate and resolve conflicts,
  • drug and alcohol problems, and
  • many women have to choose between living on their own and being poor or staying in the home where they are being battered.
Over 77% of Floridians disagree with the statement that "Domestic violence exists because the police won't stop it."

Question 9
On the issue of domestic violence in the media, do you think that there has been enough attention to the issue?

Media Attention

Respondents
Number
Percent
Not enough attention 271

56.7%

Just enough 122

25.5%

Too much attention 85

17.8%

Total 478

100.0%

*Cases Not Applicable=24

Most Floridians (56.7%) believe the media do not direct enough attention to the issue of domestic violence. Only 17.8% believe that too much attention is being focused on the issue.

Pie graph showing 17.8% say too much, 25.5% say enough, and 56.7% say not enough attention.