PM hails attitude shift on violence

Dan Harrison; 26/11/09

Almost all Australians now acknowledge that domestic violence is a crime, but a quarter of the nation believe women make false claims about being raped, and one in five think violence is OK if the perpetrator later regrets their actions. The findings come from a survey of more than 10,000 Australians commissioned by the Federal Government and released yesterday by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to mark White Ribbon Day. The proportion of respondents that acknowledged domestic violence was a crime was 98 per cent, up 5 percentage points from when such a survey was last taken, in 1995. The proportion of people who believe that victims of sexual assault ”ask for it” dropped from one in seven in 1995 to one in 20 today. Mr Rudd said he was pleased to see ”a significant shift in the attitudes and beliefs Australians hold” about domestic violence