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Acceptance of Violence Higher in Rural Communities According to the Spotlight Initiative

The Spotlight Initiative collected data in a survey to understand the views of men and women in Belize. The study was conducted during November 2020 and February 2021. One thousand two hundred and fifty-four community members from different ethnicities across the country between the ages of 18 and 49 participated in a Knowledge Attitudes, Behaviour and Practices Survey. According to the Spotlight Initiative’s program officer, Malenie Barnes explained that in rural communities, acceptance of violence was higher than in the cities and towns.

Melanie Barnes, Spotlight Initiative Program Manager: “The data showed across the board that 11% approximately of persons felt that violence was a way of managing your homes. Although it might not seem as a significant number it is in comparison to the number of reports that we recieved on violence against women and children.” 

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: Now would that acceptance be isolated to certain parts of the country or did you find it a general overview ?

Melanie Barnes, Spotlight Initiative Program Manager: “No. In the rural communities we found that the acceptance was a bit higher.”

The data and key findings will be used to measure impact both during and after the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative to further develop and adapt the design of the programme and target interventions. We will have more on this issue in tomorrow night’s news.