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NCJ Number: 221811 Find in a Library
Title: Public Perception and Reporting of Different Kinds of Family Abuse in Hong Kong
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:May 2008  Pages:253-263
Author(s): Yuk-chung Chan; Ping-kit Roxco Chun; Kim-wah Chung
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether perception and reporting of abuse would be different with respect to who the victim was and how the victim was abused.
Abstract: Finding highlights include: (1) the public tends to perceive maltreatments as abusive if it is of sexual and physical nature, where psychological abuse and neglect are perceived as less abusive; (2) a strong direct relationship between perception of abuse and the reporting of it agrees with the belief that behavior is always guided or influenced by belief and knowledge; and (3) perception of the harmful effects of the behaviors is an important factor for reporting the cases. The overall findings show that perception and reporting of abusive behavior differ with respect to the victims of abuse and the nature of abusive behaviors. The prevalence and serious consequences of family violence have given rise to massive research efforts. However, there is often a discrepancy between the official definitions and public perceptions of various types of abuse. Underreporting is common due to lack of awareness of abusive behaviors by the public. Differences between perception of abuse and reporting are well documented in the context of single group of victims. Respondents in this study were Hong Kong residents aged 18-years old and above. The study attempted to examine whether perception and reporting of abuse would be different with respect to who the victim was and how the victim was abused. It is expected that the results of the study can contribute to the understanding of the perception of abuse and reporting behaviors among the Hong Kong people. The findings can assist the relevant authorities and organizations to formulate appropriate policies to tackle the increasingly serious problem of family violence in Hong Kong. Tables, appendix, references
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused parents; Abusing parents; Abusing spouses; Battered husbands; Battered wives; Child abuse; Citizen crime reporting; Citizen crime tolerance; Hong Kong; Perception; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public Opinion of Crime
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