Who should play a major role in responding to intimate partner violence? A comparison of Chinese and American college students' preferences

Chi Mei Jessica Li, Yuning Wu, Ivan Y. Sun

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Using survey data collected from 639 students in a Chinese university and an American university, this study assesses students' preferences for private, parochial, and public responses to intimate partner violence (IPV). The results show that Chinese students are in favor of a parochial approach, whereas American students prefer a criminal justice intervention to IPV. Preferences for different responses to IPV are predicted by locality, respondents' attitudes toward gender roles, tolerance for violence, and awareness of IPV. Implications for policies and practices to handling IPV in both societies are offered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-760
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese police
  • criminal justice approach
  • intimate partner violence
  • private and parochial responses
  • social and medical professional approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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