US/UK is different since the law concerning domestic abuse is well put in place. The law has been implemented because there was a NEED for such a regulations. I am sure there are cases of abuse by some, but in general the law protects more people than NOT
Cases of abuse by some?
I can't speak about UK but in the US with all the laws the number of domestic abuse against women is not very far behind that in Poland.
According to American Institute onDomestic Violence :
- 94% of corporate security directors rank domestic violence as a high security risk.
- 78% of Human Resource Directors identify domestic violence as a substantial employee problem.
- 56% of corporate leaders are personally aware of specific employees who are affected by domestic violence.
- 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female.
- Over 500,00 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year.
- 5.3 million women are abused each year.
- 1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
- Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know rather than by a stranger.
- Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace.
- Of the approximately 1.7 million incidents of workplace violence that occur in the US every year, 18,700 are committed by an intimate partner: a current or former spouse, lover, partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend.
The key, yet again is home and upbringing. The law, while certainly helpful., usually ends up punishing culprits when it's already too late to save the victims.
Btw. that article in the Polish papers states that 800K women are abused and then, without much clarity as how they got their stats, they claim that every 3rd woman in Poland is abused. Does it mean there are only 2.4 million women in a nation of about 38 million? Or does it mean that the the figure of 800K is incorrect?
Also, I have to ask about the statistical methods used to achieve the results.
One thing to be considered is the type of what is defined as abuse. The spectrum is wide. From a simple statement "go to hell" to murder. How are the cases counted? Let's look at a sample, not unusual, scenario:
The guy gets drunk and comes home at 3 am in the morning (emotional abuse, she was worried)
He trips over, knocks a char over and a few books fall off the shelf (another case emotional abuse)
She yells at him (verbal abuse)
Look at you, she says. you just wasted the money we need for the [..whatever it is they need...] (making him feel guilty is emotional abuse)
Oh shut up, he answers - (verbal abuse)
I earn all the money anyway, get a job and then we'll talk (economic blackmail)
He goes to bed and falls asleep ignoring her further attempts at continuing the conversation (emotional abuse)
So that short scene shows us 7 instances of domestic abuse. Or is it just one?
Again, I am not denying there is domestic abuse in Poland and elsewhere, and even one case is too many, but people are prone to sensational headlines that, frankly, sometimes will skew reality either way.