Domestic violence in Japan: perceptions and legislation

Yoko Shoji

in Comparing social policies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301967 | DOI:
Domestic violence in Japan: perceptions and legislation

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There is a significant gap between Japan and Western societies (such as Britain, for example), where domestic violence was put firmly on the social agenda by the women's movement of the 1970s and became an important issue on the policy agenda in the 1980s. In this context, this chapter investigates the reasons behind the delayed action by the Japanese government in tackling this problem, and discusses how to develop methods to deal with the issues of domestic violence. Many people in Japan currently view domestic violence as rare or special incidents, and therefore negligible. Confronting the issue and openly discussing it may aid in the recovery of victims, who are often led to believe that their predicaments are too special to be understood by professionals and other people, and that they themselves (and their partner) are to blame for the problem.

Keywords: domestic violence; Japan; Britain; social policy; support agencies

Chapter.  5474 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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