Women's federations held activities across the country recently to publicize relevant legal knowledge and better protect women and children on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25).
Chongqing, southwest China
As part of the series of events, Chongqing Women's Federation (CWF) initiated a women's rights protection hotline in Wulidian Street in the Jiangbei District of the city.
Women's federation officials, along with officials of local women's rights protection groups, issued an initiative to call one the general public to fight domestic violence and build a harmonious society.
Attendees took part in on-site anti-domestic violence activities in the community to raise concern for the legitimate rights and interests of women, children and the elderly.
During the event, women's federations distributed anti-domestic violence materials to the public. Experts from the 12338 Women's Rights Protection Hotline of CWF also provided legal and psychological counseling services.
CWF plans to design and compile 12,000 anti-domestic violence brochures, as well as over 125,000 copies of Safe Family promotional materials.
They will also make full use of traditional media such as radio, TV, newspapers and periodicals, and new media platforms such as Weibo and WeChat to vigorously promote the anti-domestic violence law and continuously enhance the ability of women to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests through legal means.
Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province
The Office of the Working Committee for Women and Children of Nanjing Municipal People's Government partnered with the Nanjing Women's Federation to hold a special forum on the theme "Prevent and Stop Domestic Violence" on November 23.
There, experts took part in heated discussions regarding topics such as the handling of domestic violence of the public security department; the judgment of criminal cases involving domestic violence by the procuratorial organs; and, relevant knowledge of protecting minors and the implementation of personal safety protection orders and family dispute cases.
They also talked about new legal aid regulations and dispute mediation among marriages; the protection of minors carried out by the civil affairs system; and, how to carry out anti-domestic violence work through department-level links and diverse interventions throughout the city.
In recent years, Nanjing Women's Federation has also led departments concerning public security, prosecution and court, and the civil affairs department to continuously improving their anti-domestic violence joint conference system.
They also jointly introduced a series of regulations to implement the anti-domestic violence law. Many typical cases of domestic violence have been properly handled, according to officials.
Changsha, central China's Hunan Province
Hunan Women's Federation and the Hunan Lawyers Association held a seminar on strategies and techniques for handling domestic violence cases, in Changsha on November 23. At the meeting, lawyers across the province shared their experiences.
Relevant personnel from the provincial higher court, the public security department, the courts in Yuelu and Tianxin districts interpreted relevant laws and policies.
Participants also explored how lawyers can better protect the safety of victims in handling domestic violence cases, promote the peaceful resolution of family cases, and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of women and children.
After the formal implementation of the anti-domestic violence law, various departments in the province have carried out actions to respond to the regulations.
The provincial public security department also issued the Measures for Implementing the Domestic Violence Warning System; the provincial higher court issued the Opinions on the Implementation of Personal Security Protection Order, which promoted protection orders and warnings issued by all counties and districts in the province.
Jinan, east China's Shandong Province
Jinan Women's Federation set up the first batch of Anti-domestic Violence Public Service Stations and launched lectures regarding cracking down on such violence and crimes at a local court on November 22.
The service stations were established with the help of professionals to provide legal services, law popularization and case studies.
The new centers aim to make full use of the advantages of professional social institutions and departments, and provide rights protection services such as consultation, assistance and psychological counseling.
In addition, Jinan Women's Federation will organize professional lawyers of the service stations to conduct legal consultations at the grassroots level in 12 townships and villages in Jinan, to promote core socialist values and contribute to the establishment of civilized family relationships in society.
Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei Province
Shijiazhuang Women's Federation and the women's federation of Chang'an District jointly organized activities around Anti-Domestic Violence Publicity Week and the Constitution in Community Tour on November 22.
According to an official, women's federations at all levels should profoundly understand the harm caused by domestic violence to women.
They must vigorously strengthen efforts to prevent and stop domestic violence; actively explore and build a mechanism against domestic violence; and, strive to create an effective network pattern of fighting domestic violence with the help of relevant departments.
On the spot, the staff of local public security bureau, procuratorate and court answered questions, and distributed over 1,000 leaflets and publicity materials. They also held a quiz on legal knowledge among residents.
Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province
Some 100 grassroots public security officers from 13 districts and two functional zones in Wuhan and officials of the women's federations of various districts participated in a joint training session on anti-domestic violence on November 23.
The training class specially invited professors of the Law School of Wuhan University to interpret the anti-domestic violence law in regards to its legal provisions, background, significance and characteristics.
They also offered advice on how to carry out anti-domestic violence work and further strengthen links between departments.
Instructors from the second brigade of Wuhan Public Security Bureau explained the relevant work processes of dealing with domestic violence cases to help grassroots police understand the hazards of domestic violence, clarify responsibilities, and strictly follow laws and regulations to handle such disputes.
(Source: Cnwomen.com.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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