Preferences for Police Response to Domestic Violence: A Comparison of College Students in Three Chinese Societies

Ivan Y. Sun, Yuning Wu, Lanying Huang, Yushen Lin, Chi Mei Jessica Li, Mingyue Su

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While a large amount of research has been conducted in the West on domestic violence related issues, only a small number of studies have focused specifically on Chinese societies. Using survey data collected from Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei, this study compares college students' preferences for traditional and proactive police intervention into domestic violence and assesses the determinants of such preferences in the three Chinese societies. The findings indicate that Hong Kong students showed the highest level of support for traditional police response, followed by students in Beijing and Taipei, while students in Taipei displayed the strongest preference for proactive police response, followed by students in Hong Kong and Beijing. College students' preferences for traditional police response were shaped mainly by their locality, whereas their preferences for proactive police intervention were influenced chiefly by their attitudes toward violence and gender roles. Directions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-144
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese police
  • Chinese societies
  • Comparative study
  • Domestic violence
  • Police response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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