Support Systems of Abused Women under the Changing Economy in China

By Dora M.Y. Tam, Siu Ming Kwok, Wenmei Wu, Yuk-chung Chan and Agnes, K.C. Law.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Social support is essential to help women to leave abusive intimate relationships and get back to their life; however, research on social support to abused women in China is rather scarce. The scant research in this area limits the ability of the government to develop relevant policies and social services for abused women in China. This paper reports a qualitative study with ten abused women concerning their experiences of abuse and the use of formal and informal social support systems in Guangzhou, China. Focuses of this paper are: to study help-seeking patterns among these abused women; and to examine characteristics of social support systems among these women.

Keywords: Abused Women in China, Intimate Partner Violence, Social Support

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 10, pp.179-192. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 792.955KB).

Dr. Dora M.Y. Tam

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, King's University College, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Siu Ming Kwok

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, King's University College, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Wenmei Wu

MSW Graduate, Department of Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Dr. Yuk-chung Chan

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Agnes, K.C. Law

Professor, Department of Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China


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