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Hyunkag Cho - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Hyunkag Cho

Associate Professor of Social Work | Michigan State University


An expert in intimate partner violence (IPV), help seeking behaviors among IPV victims, and immigrants.



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Dr. Hyunkag Cho is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. His research has focused on intimate partner violence (IPV), with a specific emphasis on help seeking behaviors among IPV victims, including immigrants. Included in his research topics are victims’ perception of IPV, interpersonal and sociocultural factors affecting victims’ help seeking, and the process of victims’ selecting a source of help. Rigorous data collection from ethnic minority communities and collaboration with culturally competent scholars are emphasized through his research.

Industry Expertise (4)


Mental Health Care



Areas of Expertise (5)

Service Evaluation


Intimate Partner Violence


Health Service Use

Accomplishments (1)

Margaret Nielsen Award for Diversity Achievement.

2015 School of Social Work, MSU

Education (2)

Florida State University, College of Social Work: Ph.D. 2006

Dissertation: Effects of arrest on domestic violence incidence and revictimization

Seongkonghoe (Korea) University: MSW

Affiliations (1)

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE; 2005-present)

News (4)

Intimate Partner Violence Common Among Students

Inside Higher Ed  online


A majority of students experience intimate partner violence, or IPV, according to a new survey report released by researchers at the Michigan State University School of Social Work. Of 3,070 female and male undergraduate students surveyed, 62% said they have been physically, psychologically or sexually abused by a partner. The report also identified differences between how female and male college students get help for IPV – women tend to seek counseling services, domestic abuse agencies and police, whereas men look to family, friends and male peers. Homosexual students were less likely than their heterosexual peers to seek help for IPV, the report said. Hyunkag Cho, a professor in the MSU School of Social Work who co-authored the report, said in a press release that the survey identifies where colleges should focus support efforts.

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CSUF senior wants to improve the lives of women around the world

The Orange County Register  


According to the Network, this is approximately the same rate of domestic violence as for women from other racial groups. Hyunkag Cho, an associate professor at Michigan State University, conducted a study in 2011 finding no significant difference across racial groups once socioeconomic status was taken into consideration...

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Domestic Violence In Immigrant Communities

Kera News  


A study at Michigan State University found Korean women rarely seek help for domestic violence. Dr. Hyunkag Cho writes one answer is to make culturally sensitive help available to immigrant groups. Domestic abuse hot lines, for instance, need to have Korean and Chinese languages available...

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Asian-Americans Rarely Report Domestic Violence

Psych Central  


Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, and Hyunkag Cho, Ph.D., a Michigan State University researcher, believes the failure to seek care is a combination of cultural barriers that discourage victims from seeking help, and lack of culturally sensitive services. The dearth of services could be eased by having a local domestic violence hotline that could facilitate calls from Chinese- or Korean-speaking victims, Cho said. The absence of such service may dissuade a victim who failed to get help the first time from trying again. “Authorities and health care providers need to be equipped with information and resources for adequately addressing the needs of victims of domestic violence among Asians and other racial minorities,” Cho said...

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Journal Articles (3)

Examining gender differences in the nature and context of intimate partner violence

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

H. Cho

2012 Many studies have been conducted on gender differences in intimate partner violence (IPV), producing inconsistent results. Some studies report that men were victimized by IPV as much as women were, whereas others find that IPV was predominantly perpetrated by men against women. The nature and context of IPV may be crucial to understanding gender differences in IPV, but national data collections do not regularly report on this information. This study expects to fill this gap by using nationally representative data to examine differences in the nature and context of IPV between male and female perpetrators. This study uses the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES). Descriptive statistics for each gender are first obtained (n = 2,190). A discriminant analysis is used with gender as a grouping variable, including only perpetrators of IPV (n = 236). The independent variables are age, race, education, employment, financial security, frequency and severity of IPV, controlling behaviors, and the initiator of physical arguments. The study findings suggest that women and men do not vary much in the prevalence, frequency, and severity of IPV, controlling behaviors, or the initiation of physical arguments. They also suggest that those variables are rather weak in differentiating IPV against men from IPV against women. Since the study revealed some gender differences in IPV and, at the same time, encountered methodological difficulties in convincingly showing them as real gender differences, more research is clearly needed.

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Gender differences in the nature of the intimate partner violence and effects of perpetrator arrest on revictimization

Journal of Family Violence

Hyunkag Cho, Dina J. Wilke

2010 The majority of research on intimate partner violence (IPV) has addressed male-to-female violence, although a small but growing body of literature has developed that explores males victimized by female partners. This study used data from the National Crime Victimization Survey from 1987 to 2003 to examine male victimization by comparing the nature of violence to female victimization and by exploring the effect of perpetrator arrest on preventing revictimization. The sample was comprised of 2,462 female and 298 male victims. Study variables included gender, arrest, revictimization, type of violence, injury, and use of a weapon. Results showed that men were victimized by IPV less frequently than women and received fewer injuries, although they were more likely to experience more severe violence. Police arrested female perpetrators, but generally only if injury was involved; however, arrest did not reduce male victims’ chance of revictimization.

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Racial differences in the prevalence of intimate partner violence against women and associated factors

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

H. Cho

2012 Intimate partner violence against women (IPV) affects all populations, but significant variations among these groups have been suggested. However, research results on racial differences in IPV are not only inconclusive, they are also limited–particularly with regard to racial minorities. As a result, it has been challenging for practitioners and service providers in many communities to serve an increasing number of racial minority clients. This study used the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES) to examine differences in the prevalence of IPV, and associated factors, among major race groups in the U.S. Included variables were age, race, financial security, employment, education, social network, IPV perpetration and victimization, and severity of IPV. The results showed that Blacks were victimized the most, followed by Whites and Latinos, and Asians were victimized the least. Asians were the least likely to be victimized by IPV, even when controlling for sociodemographic variables. The odds of victimization for Blacks and Latinos were not significantly different from Whites. Financial security and age affected IPV victimization. Those who perceived themselves as financially secure were less likely to be victimized than those who did not. The older were less likely to be victimized than the younger. Employment, education, and social networks did not affect victimization. Race was not a significant predictor of perpetration, when controlling for other variables. Age was the only predictor of perpetration: the older were less likely to perpetrate IPV than the younger.

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