Landlord finds men will ignore domestic violence
Just 58 per cent of people would be likely to intervene if they thought a male friend or neighbour was beating his wife, according to a YouGov poll.
Housing association Home Group’s provider of domestic violence support services Stonham commissioned the survey into domestic abuse and found 24 per cent of men also thought it acceptable to joke about giving a woman ‘a good slap’.
The survey of 2,111 adults found only one in five men would be likely to speak up if another male made a light-hearted comment about abusing their partner.
Stonham released the research today as it holds a conference on tackling domestic violence, and the Euro 2012 football tournament begins.
Rachael Byrne, executive director at Stonham, said: ‘Domestic violence destroys lives and devastates families and we see a significant spike in these crimes around the times of major football tournaments such as the Euros.
‘The data polled for Stonham today shows the worrying truth though that a significant amount of people would turn a blind eye if one of their neighbours left the house with dark glasses covering a bruised eye or worse over the next month.’