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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 University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343666.001.0001

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Domestic violence in Japan: perceptions and legislation

Domestic violence in Japan: perceptions and legislation

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(p.121) Six Domestic violence in Japan: perceptions and legislation
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Comparing social policies
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Yoko Shoji

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343666.003.0007

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

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