PREDICTING NGOS’ REPORTS ON PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN SMALL COUNTRIES

MARILENA KYRIAK, ALEXIA ZALAF

Abstract:

Psychological and physical abuses are often characterised as the most misunderstood, common and underreported assaults. Researching help seek behaviours of these assaults can aid reporting. Our research question was whether psychological and physical domestic abuse can be predicted based on the victim’s gender and age and whether the victim was living with the suspect(s). Secondary data from the only available NGO of domestic violence in the Republic of Cyprus was used. A sample of 590 reports of domestic violence made to this national helpline was analysed. Binary logistic regression was conducted to answer the question of interest. Victims’ gender and whether or not they were living with the suspect(s) can predict the type of abuse reported to a small extent. Male victims were more likely to report psychological abuse whilst female victims were more likely to report physical abuse. Victims living with the suspect(s) were more likely to report psychological abuse. No correlation was found between the victims’ ages and the type of abuse reported.

Keywords:
reporting, Cyprus, domestic violence, psychological abuse, physical abuse

DOI: 10.20472/SS2015.4.4.004

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APA citation:
MARILENA KYRIAK, ALEXIA ZALAF (2015). Predicting NGOs’ Reports on Psychological and Physical Domestic Violence in Small Countries. International Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. IV(4), pp. 42-53. , DOI: 10.20472/SS2015.4.4.004


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