Antecedents to the Perpetration of Domestic Violence in Curaçao

N.Ph.L. van Wijk, J.G.M. de Bruijn

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Previous international studies have found collectivism and low gender empowerment to contribute to higher domestic violence perpetration by males, compared to females. Little is known about gender differences in domestic violence perpetration prevalence in collectivist countries with high gender empowerment, for example Curaçao. Curaçao demonstrates gender similarity in committing domestic violence, resembling Western countries: 25–33 % have committed psychological domestic violence, 11–17 % physical violence, and 1–6 % sexual violence. Antecedents to the perpetration of domestic violence are similar for both sexes as well. Domestic violence victimization, especially in cases of severe physical violence, increases the probability of becoming a perpetrator. Other perpetrator risk factors are a high education (psychological violence) and having children in the household (physical violence).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Early online date11 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


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