Local Women's Federation Holds Seminars to Publicize Anti-DV Law

March 25, 2016
Editor: Arnold Hou
Local Women's Federation Holds Seminars to Publicize Anti-DV Law
Attendees of the seminars pose for a group photo. [women.nanjing.gov.cn]


The women's federation in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, recently hosted a series of seminars with the support of UN Women and The Asia Foundation, to publicize the country's first national anti-domestic violence law.

The nation's first law against domestic violence was approved at the 18th session of the 12th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on December 27 last year, and took effect on March 1.

Attended by grassroots women's federation officials, chiefs of non-governmental organizations, university experts and lawyers, totaling over 150, the seminars combined lectures and discussions where attendees spoke about real-life cases.

Experts and scholars also held in-depth discussions about how to establish a survivor-centered service system.

Some attendees also expressed worries about the publicity of the new law, saying the country still has a long way to go in preventing and stopping domestic violence and the issue needs to find the concern and support of all members of society.

During a seminar on harmonious family building, experts and scholars also paid special attention to the protection and rescue efforts among juvenile survivors.

"In parent-child domestic violence cases, our purpose is to reconstruct harmonious relationships between them, instead of causing damage," said Tao Chiheng, one of the nation's first batch of psychologists on anti-domestic violence.

Due to this, he believes that after such cases occur, the child and the abuser should be kept apart and the abuser should be criticized and educated. After that, the abuser should not only be judged and sent to prison, but also receive psychological treatment.

"Meanwhile, while helping the abuser, assumptions about any evil intentions should be avoided, as it is harmful for them to improve their actions," warned Tao.

The psychologist further stressed that if a survivor is a juvenile, physical protection is necessary, but child protective institutions and media should not intervene in cases at will, so as to avoid interrupting the child's normal life.

"The move actually aims to retain the healing capabilities of the family of origin, because after the case, the child should have the opportunity to return to their family to grow up healthily," explained Wu Shumei, an education expert from southeast China's Taiwan.

Wu said in Taiwan, media are prohibited from reporting information that can be recognized in cases, including the person's full name, image or address, as well as the abuser's information.

On the other hand, Tao said the formative education of children's behavioral rules is a must. "Some parents committing violence toward their children intend to educate them into talents, but they do not know the methods. The key problem is that they should not use violent methods to solve educational and parent-child problems, even though the children have made mistakes," he said.

Li Xiaoxia, a public interest lawyer on the protection of minors, gave her opinion that the anti-domestic violence law lacks sufficient protection for juveniles. She added that the Regulation of the Protection of Minors in Nanjing, which will come into force on May 1, has a more specific classification.

"The regulation especially for minors is dominated by their own needs and is a perfect supplement to the anti-domestic violence law," she said.

"Apart from special protections for minors, the regulation clearly requires guardians committing abusive behavior should receive psychological counseling," she added.

"In such circumstances as the guardian committing abusive behavior receives warning, the minor returns home after some time apart, and the guardian returns home after the guardianship is canceled. The minor protection institutions should arrange a home visit monthly for half a year," she further explained.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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