Public perception and reporting of different kinds of family abuse in Hong Kong

Yuk Chung Chan, Ping Kit Roxco Chun, Kim Wah Chung

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-263
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008


  • Child abuse
  • Elder abuse
  • Public perception
  • Reporting
  • Spouse abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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