To protect residents' (especially women and children's) legal rights and interests, Central China's Hunan Province adopted Hunan's Measures of Implementing China's Law Against Domestic Violence during the 11th Session of the Standing Committee of the 13th Provincial People's Congress, which was held on May 30. The measures took effect on July 1.
China's NPC (National People's Congress) Standing Committee adopted the Law Against Domestic Violence (hereinafter referred to as "the law") on December 27, 2015. The law took effect on March 1, 2016. The legislation, the first of its kind in the country, marked a milestone in the development of China's legal system, in the progress of protecting Chinese citizens' rights, and in the promotion of women and children's development.
On the same day, the Standing Committee of Hunan Provincial People's Congress held a news conference to announce the promulgation of the measures. Several leaders spoke during the conference.
Qi Shengfang, Director of the Social Construction Committee of Hunan Provincial People's Congress, said the measures will promote the development of Hunan's legal system, and social harmony and stability.
Wu Qiuju, Director of the Legislative Affairs Committee of Hunan Provincial People's Congress, told media the measures contain regulations on implementing the mechanism for reporting offences of domestic violence to public security agencies, the systems of enforcing restraining orders (to protect the safety of domestic violence victims) and of giving a warning to perpetrators of domestic violence. The measures also outline the responsibilities of various departments, including Hunan's civil affairs and public security departments, in combating domestic violence.
Jiang Xin, President of Hunan Women's Federation, said the federation will work with other organizations to promote implementation of the measures. She adds the federation will conduct various activities to publicize information about the laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of women and children's legal rights and interests, to promote both family virtues and good family traditions, and to help residents better understand the importance of respecting and caring for their families' members. In addition, the federation will work with other organizations to help victims of domestic violence protect their legal rights and interests, and to help residents resolve disputes within families.
(Women of China)
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