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Comparing social policiesExploring new perspectives in Britain and Japan$
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Misa Izuhara

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343666

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343666.001.0001

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Domestic violence, research and social policy in Britain

Domestic violence, research and social policy in Britain

(p.95) Five Domestic violence, research and social policy in Britain
Comparing social policies

Ellen Malos

Policy Press

Recent policy and legal developments in Britain, and the election of New Labour in 1997, has led to a more comprehensive policy approach and increased research, particularly on the evaluation of policy and services. In addition, there have been attempts to define and measure violence against women in general and domestic violence in particular. There is a general understanding that domestic violence is not a simple category in itself and that it involves intimate relationships other than marriage and cohabitation. It is not necessarily confined to heterosexual relationships and may include same-sex violence and violence of women towards men. Research shows a high prevalence and incidence of domestic violence, which is still significantly under-reported. Whether physical or sexual violence or serious coercion and psychological violence are considered, such violence and coercion is much more likely to be directed by men against women.

Keywords:   feminist women, violence against women, domestic violence, same-sex violence, sexual violence

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