Perception and help-seeking intention of intimate partner violence in later life: An international perspective

Hee Yun Lee, Hyun Sook Yoon, Ji Young Yoon, Jong Hee Kwon, Eun Soo Park, Ryun Nam, Sung Bo Kang, Keum Hwa Park

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This study examines whether elderly Koreans recognize a scenario of intimate partner violence as such and whether they would seek help in the given situation of elder mistreatment (EM). Two cohorts of Korean elders (one immigrant and one Korea-based), each numbering 124 participants, were recruited using a quota sampling strategy. The study used a mixed method approach, employing a hypothetical scenario, and patriarchy theory informed the study. Findings revealed low perception of the vignette as EM and low help-seeking intention in both cohorts. Among the immigrant cohort, intention to seek help was greater among respondents who were female, demonstrated lower adherence to traditional values, and perceived the vignette as EM. Among the Korea-based cohort, the only significant factor was recognition of the scenario as EM. Development of culturally competent and geographically specific practice and intervention is urgently needed, particularly among elders who have greater adherence to traditional cultural values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-66
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The U.S.-based research was supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Korea-based research was supported by the GOAL-NURI program funded by the Korea Research Foundation.


  • Korean elders
  • culture
  • elder mistreatment
  • elderly Korean immigrants
  • help-seeking intention
  • intimate partner violence
  • patriarchy
  • perception


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