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Informal social control and intimate partner violence
  1. Achini Jayatilleke1,
  2. Achala Jayatilleke2,
  3. Masamine Jimba1,
  4. Junko Yasuoka1
  1. 1Department of Community and Global Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  2. 2Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  1. Correspondence to Dr Junko Yasuoka, Department of Community and Global Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan; jyasuoka{at}post.harvard.edu

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Emery et al1 have conducted an important study to evaluate the protective effects of informal social control on intimate partner violence (IPV). They hypothesised that in China, where IPV prevalence is high and the formal social control of IPV is poor, informal social control might reduce IPV injuries and IPV. As indicated in their results, the acts of informal social control …

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