Violent attitudes can be shaped by the environment you live in
Individuals who are violent towards their family were not born that way. They learn violent behaviour - sometimes by witnessing it at home, but also by absorbing the values and attitudes of the society they grow up in.
Nicaragua is a society where violence is a fact of life. Partly because of the country's legacy of violent conquest by the Spanish, partly because of the wars that damaged the country in the 1980s, and partly because it has been accepted as normal by society and its institutions.
In this third programme of the series Violence Begins At Home, we hear how some Nicaraguans are now working to challenge the status quo; by tackling machista attitudes that promote the right of men to subjugate women and children, and by addressing the attitude of tolerance that has existed in the country's institutions.