Sex Roles

, Volume 70, Issue 11–12, pp 506–521 | Cite as

Gender Violence as a Social Problem in Spain: Attitudes and Acceptability

  • Victoria A. Ferrer-PérezEmail author
  • Esperanza Bosch-Fiol
Original Article


Although violence against women (VAW) is not strictly a new phenomenon, its visibilization and the social rejection it produces are recent and, in this sense, it would be appropriate to consider it as an emerging social problem. This paper analyses how a particular form of this violence, intimate partner violence against women (IPVAW), is currently considered as a social problem in Spain. We present some data from different surveys carried out previously in Spain. Specifically, this review provides an overview of acceptability and public attitudes that support the use of this violence and focuses on the effect of gender and gender role attitudes. The data review shows that Spanish society as a whole, considers IPVAW as a social problem and rejects it, but there are still some violence-supportive attitudes, such as victim blaming, and also a gender gap in the consideration of this violence. We discuss the implications of these data on the management and prevention of IPVAW.


Social problems Intimate partner violence against women (IPVAW) Attitudes Acceptability Gender differences 



This work has been carried out in the framework of Competitive Research Groups financed by the Department of Education, Culture and Universities of the Balearic Government, the European Union and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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  • Victoria A. Ferrer-Pérez
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  • Esperanza Bosch-Fiol
    • 1
  1. 1.Departament of PsychologyUniversity of Balearic IslandsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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