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Published May 03, 2012, 11:30 PM

Hot Topics | Survey: One-third of married Japanese women are victims of domestic abuse

TOKYO – A recent Cabinet Office survey in Japan shows that 32.9 percent of married women or women who have been married in the past have experienced domestic abuse, such as physical harm or psychological harassment.

By: Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo) , INFORUM

TOKYO – A recent Cabinet Office survey in Japan shows that 32.9 percent of married women or women who have been married in the past have experienced domestic abuse, such as physical harm or psychological harassment.

According to the survey, 41.4 percent of domestic abuse victims did not tell anyone about the situation. In many cases, they accepted the abuse out of consideration for their children or economic concerns, the survey said.

The percentage of women who have experienced domestic abuse has remained constant with the two previous surveys conducted in 2005 and 2008. The survey, which was released last week, is conducted every three years.

When asked about the details of their experience, 25.9 percent of victims said they were punched, kicked or shoved by their husbands and 6.2 percent were assaulted repeatedly. Multiple answers were allowed.

The survey also found 17.8 percent had experienced psychological harassment and intimidation such as verbal abuse or their husbands always keeping a close eye on the people in their lives.

According to the survey, 14.1 percent said they were forced to engage in sexual relations with their husband.

When asked why they did not file for divorce, 57.3 percent – the largest group – said it was because of their children. Economic concerns were next on the list at 18.9 percent.

The survey was conducted in November and December on 5,000 adult men and women across the nation, 65.9 percent of whom responded.

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