I heard today that 3 women a day die in the USA because of domestic violence. In Australia it is 2 women each week. Both of these figures are surprizing to me, and i guess it's the same all around the West. In Afghanistan 85% of women claim to of been physically assaulted by their husbands. In Saudi Arabia it is 90%. I'm not surprised at the figures in muslim countries as the koran states that husbands should discipline their wives if needed. The question I ask is 'why' does it happen to this extent in the West? IMO one large contributing factor would have to be alcohol. I also believe that many males simply do not value or respect females, and thats another contributor. The fact that so many boys are growing up with this attitude about females is alarming. Where do they learn this? I used to blame the parents, in particular the father of course, but there has to be much more to it. Apparently there are many more females being beaten and/or dying because of domestic violence in Australia these days than the numbers in the past. Why is that? You'd think it would be going down in the 21st century, but it isn't. What i mean is, modern man, everyone aware that it's absolutely the wrong thing to do, etc. In my dad's day, 1940s onward, it wasn't an unusual thing. I personally can recall my dad slapping my mum once really hard when i was about 10yrs old. It was really awful to see it happening just a few feet away from me in the same room. I thought all that type of behaviour was more or less a thing of the past, obviously i was ignorant about it.