One in three Japanese wives abused
Tue, Mar 24, 2009

TOKYO (AFP) - One in three married Japanese women have been physically or mentally abused by their husbands, according to a government survey on domestic violence released Tuesday. Of the victims over a third said they were injured or suffered mental harm, while more than 13 percent said they feared for their lives, the poll by the Cabinet Office found.

The survey of 1,675 women found that 42 percent of victims said they wanted to get divorced but would not, with many saying they hoped the violence would not be repeated and others worried about making ends meet alone.

More than 13 percent of the women polled said they had experienced violence from their boyfriends when they were in their teens or 20s - with almost half of these victims injured or suffering mental harm.

Seventy percent of the women questioned said they would support better education about domestic violence, and 57 percent backed tougher punishment for offenders.

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