One Third of Japanese Women Battered By Husbands, Partners

In a survey conducted by the Tokyo government, one third of Japanese women said that they have been beaten by their male partners or husbands.

City official Yuko Omura said “I think the survey revealed the serious reality that women are facing … We really have to change the public’s view that has long allowed domestic violence to continue unnoticed.”

Seven percent of those surveyed said that they were beaten regularly, and one percent said that they had been beaten to unconsciousness. More than half of the women battered reported that their children were also abused.

Most of the women who reported abuse said that government hotlines and police had discouraged them from pursuing criminal charges against their husbands or partners.


AP - May 21, 1998

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