The GCRO 2011 Quality of Life survey explored attitudes towards spousal/partner abuse through questions about circumstances that may provoke GBV in the GCR. Responses vary appreciably across municipalities.
Of concern is the proportion of women who responded positively to the question of women being beaten. Even though this percentage is small, it suggests that there is still an urgent need to educate women as to their rights, and to help promote safe, respectful and equitable relationships between men and women.
Gender-based violence tends to be seen as a largely private matter. While a large-scale survey may give some clues about attitudes, the issue remains a largely 'hidden' or invisible one in our society. There is still much work to do in the GCR to change belief systems and practices which support gender-based violence and abuse.