The extent of family violence in europe: A comparison of national surveys

  • Kury H
  • Obergfell-Fuchs J
  • Woessner G
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This article reviews current victim studies on family violence in Europe and attempts to interpret the variation in the prevalence rates. Methodological shortcomings contribute in part to different rates across countries. The prevalence rates are also linked to preventive and causative factors. Three factors appear to explain the differing prevalence rates in European countries: deprived economic living conditions, traditional attitudes toward women and children, and a general tolerance of violent behavior in a given society. In addition, personal coping may influence whether a family member will act violently against another family member. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Causal factors of family violence
  • Family violence in Europe
  • Preventive factors of family violence

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  • Helmut Kury

  • Joachim Obergfell-Fuchs

  • Gunda Woessner

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