The Prophet r vehemently disapproved of men hitting their wives, and led by example by never hitting, in his entire life, any woman or child. He r exhorted men thus, "Treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers," and at another instance said, "The strong man is not the one who can use the force of physical strength, but the one who controls his anger." (Bukhari)
The Prophet r is reported to have stated: "(is it not a shame that) one of you beats his wife like a slave and then sleeps with her at the end of the day."
Violence against women and children has hurt many, destroyed families, and weakened the society. How much longer can we afford to look the other way?