Understanding violence against Chinese women in Hong Kong: An analysis of risk factors with a special emphasis on the role of in-law conflict

Ko Ling Edward Chan, Douglas A. Brownridge, Agnes Tiwari, Daniel Y.T. Fong, Wing Cheong Leung

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This study examines risk factors of intimate partner violence against women in a cohort of Chinese women drawn from a large representative sample in Hong Kong. Data from a cross-section of 1,870 women are analyzed. Prevalence rates of women's self-reports of violence by their intimate partners and conflict with in-laws are computed and compared in terms of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. The results show that in-law conflict was the characteristic most significantly associated with women's reports of violent victimization. This suggests that in-law conflict should be included in the screening and assessment of risk for intimate partner violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1295-1312
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • In-law conflict
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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