ACWF VP Calls for Better Implementation of China's First Anti-DV Law

November 25, 2016
Editor: Jane Wang

Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation, delivers a speech at the seminar on November 24 in Beijing. [Women of China/Zhang Ping]


Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), has called on the government and society to better implement China's first anti-domestic violence law, in a bid to safeguard women and children's rights and interests.

Song made the remarks at a seminar a day before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) in Beijing.

During the meeting, Song emphasized that domestic violence endangers family members' physical and psychological health and also impacts on family harmony and the maintenance of social stability.

Meanwhile, Song noted that the law, which took effect on March 1 this year, is a historic milestone in the advancement of the protection of women and children's rights and interests.

Under the new law, domestic violence is no longer considered a "family matter," but a legal issue that demands action from the courts and the police, Song said.

Song expressed that the Chinese government and the Party have attached great importance to the elimination of violence against women and young children, which fully reflects the nation's emphasis on respect for human rights and its responsibility of implementing the international conventions, including The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Moreover, Song stated that the recently concluded 6th National Working Conference on Women and Children stressed the importance of constructing harmonious families for the promotion of the development of society.

Officials at the conference stated that related legislative branches or organizations should make more efforts on the supervision and enhancement of law enforcement while severely cracking down the criminal behavior of violating women and children's rights.

Therefore, Song pointed out that more work should be done to further perfect relevant work systems and take specific measures to put the anti-domestic violence law into action.

Furthermore, Song stated that publicity about the law should be greatly reinforced among people from all segments of society so as to strengthen their legal awareness. And, she also added that law-enforcement personnel should improve their capabilities and skills in the course of dealing with family disputes.

In addition, Song called on different departments to cooperate with each other and make joint efforts to promote the law nationwide.

Apart from this, Song also urged the women's federations at all levels across the country to take an active role in providing legal assistance and psychological consultation for women and children so as to constantly protect their rights through multiple channels, including letters and visits, women's homes, 12338 hotline, and Women Voice, a social media portal of the organization, and other related ways.

At the event, representatives from the women's federation in central China's Hunan Province; Nanjing Public Security Bureau in east China's Jiangsu Province; the 3rd Intermediate People's Court of Beijing; the Salvation Management Station in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province; and, the anti-domestic violence center in the city of Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong Province exchanged ideas and experiences about how to implement the law in local regions.

After listening to those attendees' remarks, leaders from related departments and experts commented and expressed their own suggestions towards the implementation of the law.

Statistics show that 110 regional files focusing on offering specific measures to support the law have been formulated in 17 provinces across the country.

Those in attendance at the event also included staff members from the legal council of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress; the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council; the Supreme People's Court; the Supreme People's Procuratorate; All-China Federation of Trade Union; and, the State Council Working Committee on Women and Children; the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Public Security; the Ministry of Civil Affairs; the Department of Justice; the National Health and Family Planning Commission; the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League; the related departments of the United Nations; and, relevant social societies and new media outlets.

Tan Lin, member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, hosted the seminar.


Attendees take part in the seminar. [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

Tan Lin, member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, hosts the seminar. [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

Attendees share their experiences in preventing and eliminating violence against women at the seminar. [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

An attendee at the seminar. [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

An expert who is engaged in the anti-domestic violence affairs gives an interview at the event. [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

(Source: and edited by Women of China)

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