Hong Kong International Violence Against Women Survey

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Broadhurst, R
Bouhours, B
Bacon-Shone, J

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Between 2003 and 2009, the International Violence Against Women Survey (IVAWS) has been conducted in 12 developed and developing countries. The IVAWS is a comprehensive instrument that measures women’s experiences of physical and sexual violence by men, including intimate partners, victims’ help-seeking behaviour and the response of the criminal justice system. This report presents the findings of the 2006 Hong Kong IVAWS. This was the first time such a specialised survey was conducted in Hong Kong and, for this reason, no trends in violence over time are available; however, because the IVAWS uses standardised questions and data collection methods, results can be compared with those of the other countries that participated in the survey.The report shows rates of victimisation for seven types of physical violence and five types of sexual violence over the adult lifetime, the previous five years and the previous 12 months. Further questions probe who the perpetrator was, particularly whether it was an intimate partner, a relative, a friend or acquaintance, or a stranger. Women who had experienced violence since the age of 16 were asked details about the most recent incident, such as whether they had reported the assault to the police or victim support services.Drawing on socio-demographic and behavioural information on both respondents and their partners, the report examines the predictors of violent victimisation by partners and non-partners.

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Broadhurst, R, 2012, Hong Kong International Violence Against Women Survey, The University of Hong Kong & The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

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