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

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Kury,  Helmut
Criminology, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Max Planck Society;

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Obergfell-Fuchs,  Joachim
Criminology, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Max Planck Society;

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Wössner,  Gunda
Criminology, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Max Planck Society;

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Kury, H., Obergfell-Fuchs, J., & Wössner, G. (2004). The extent of family violence in Europe: A comparison of national surveys. Violence against Women, 10, 749-769.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-4D5F-D
Abstract
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.