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Acknowledgements. We would like to thank all those involved in this research. In particular, Alison Stout and colleagues at the Scottish Government, Cheryl ...
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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2014: Attitudes to violence against women in Scotland

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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2014: Attitudes to violence against women in Scotland Susan Reid, Susan McConville, Annie Wild, Michele Burman & John Curtice ScotCen Social Research November 2015

Acknowledgements We would like to thank all those involved in this research. In particular, Alison Stout and colleagues at the Scottish Government, Cheryl Stewart (Scottish Women’s Aid) and Laura Tomson (Zero Tolerance) for their input into questionnaire design as well as for their feedback on early drafts of the report. Thanks to Catherine Bromley for additional advice on questionnaire design and to Anna Marcinciewicz for her work on the development, testing and implementation of the Scottish Social Attitudes survey. Many thanks also to Joan Corbett, our Data Manager, to our programmers, operations staff, and interviewers, without whom the survey would not happen. And finally, thanks to all our respondents for giving their time and sharing their opinions with us. Responsibility for the opinions expressed in this report, and for all interpretation of the data, lies solely with the authors.

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Contents Contents ................................................................................................................ 2 Executive Summary ................................................................................................ 5 Background............................................................................................................ 5 Methods ................................................................................................................. 5 Attitudes to sexual violence ................................................................................... 5 Attitudes to domestic abuse: Physical abuse ........................................................ 6 Domestic abuse: verbal abuse .............................................................................. 7 Domestic abuse: controlling behaviour .................................................................. 7 Sexual harassment ................................................................................................ 8 Commercial sexual exploitation ............................................................................. 9 1. Introduction ........................................................................................................ 10 Background.......................................................................................................... 10 Policy context....................................................................................................... 10 Research context ................................................................................................. 11 Report structure ................................................................................................... 12 Types of question used in the survey .................................................................. 13 About the data ..................................................................................................... 15 Analysis and reporting conventions ..................................................................... 16 2. Attitudes to sexual violence ............................................................................. 17 Rape by a stranger and within marriage .............................................................. 17 How much harm do people think sexual violence causes? ............................. 18 Does the woman’s behaviour affect attitudes? ................................................ 18 How do attitudes to rape vary between groups? ............................................. 20 Myths about rape ................................................................................................. 22 How do views on myths about rape vary between group