AD20: Zambians overwhelmingly disapprove of domestic violence and corporal punishment

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Fison Mujenja

An overwhelming majority of Zambians say they are opposed to physical violence as a way to discipline women and children, Afrobarometer’s most recent survey reveals. Disapproval of wife battering is so widespread in Zambia that there is little or no difference in views across genders, urban/rural locations, or education levels.

Opposition to corporal punishment of children, both at home and at school, is also the majority view, though less widespread than disapproval of physical discipline of wives.

Even though most Zambians “strongly disagree” with the idea that husbands, parents, and teachers have the right to punish wives, children, and pupils, respectively, the 2013-2014 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey reports that 47% of married women have been victims of violence from their current or former husbands/partners, and 43% of victims incurred physical injuries (Zambia Central Statistical Office, 2015).