Hong Kong, the International Violence Against Women Survey: Final Report of the 2006 Hong Kong Survey

Roderic Broadhurst, Brigitte Bouhours, John Bacon-Shone

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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 behavioual information on both
respondents and their partners, the report examines the predictors of
violent victimisation by partners and non-partners.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Hong Kong
Number of pages110
ISBN (Print)9789627558064
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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