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The link between war and domestic violence needs to be examined closely. Domestic disputes were reported by 16 percent of the respondents who had experienced some sort of conflict during the six months prior to the survey. This represents three percent of all respondents. However, when asking directly about acts of violence in the home, the survey found that 19 percent of respondents had been physically slapped or beaten violently by their spouse or partner (28% of female respondents). For two-thirds of those (64%), the abuse occurred in the year prior to the survey. The main reasons for beatings were alcohol (32%), infidelity (21%), and family issues, such as disputes over children or money (18%). Domestic violence was not limited to spousal abuse. Five percent of respondents reported having been physically beaten violently by another household member, most frequently by a brother or sister (36%) over money (31%).

While 19 percent of respondents reported having been physically abused, just 6 percent acknowledged having meted out physical abuse to a spouse or partner. Those who did cited most frequently a disagreement (20%), meals being late (17%), coming home late (15%), and money (14%). The responses suggest that many respondents were not acknowledging perpetrating domestic violence, possibly because they know it is not acceptable. Nevertheless, the figures suggest that domestic violence needs to be addressed.