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Title: Public perception and reporting of different kinds of family abuse in Hong Kong
Authors: Chan, YC 
Chun, PKR
Chung, KW 
Keywords: Child abuse
Elder abuse
Public perception
Reporting
Spouse abuse
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Springer/Plenum Publishers
Source: Journal of family violence, 2008, v. 23, no. 4, p. 253-263 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Family Violence 
Abstract: 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 perception of child abuse, elder abuse, and spouse abuse cases. Under-reporting is common due to lack of awareness of the abusive behaviors by the public. Differences between perception of abuse and reporting are well documented in the context of single group of victims. However, research studies on the differences in perception and reporting of different forms of abusive behaviors that occur to victims of child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse are scarce. The present study attempts to examine whether perception and reporting of abuse will be different with respect to who the victim is and how the victim is abused. Findings show that perception and reporting of abusive behavior differ with respect to the victims of abuse and to the nature of abusive behaviors. Implications of these differences and directions for practice are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/12745
DOI: 10.1007/s10896-007-9149-0
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