Legislation Needed to Stop Domestic Violence

March 26, 2012
Editor: Liu Yunting

Many people now consider anti-domestic violence legislation a top priority. [people.com.cn]

Many people now consider anti-domestic violence legislation a top priority. [people.com.cn]

A recent survey shows that nearly 85% of people believe that anti-domestic violence legislation is necessary.

The survey was conducted by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and released at a press conference in Beijing on March 13, 2012.

Almost A Quarter of Women Experience Domestic Violence

According to the ACWF, it has received about 40,000 to 50,000 complaints of domestic violence each year since 2004, and divorce cases involving domestic violence account for 36% to 62% of the total divorce cases presented to the ground-level people's court.

On October 21, 2011, the ACWF and the National Bureau of Statistics released the results of the third survey on Chinese women's social status, showing that 24.7% of women have suffered domestic violence in their marriages.

Remarkable Achievements in Anti-domestic Violence

On February 22, 2012, a district court in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, issued a restraining order prohibiting a perpetrator of domestic violence from going within 100 meters of his victim, the first case of its kind in China.

On October 2, 2011, Chongqing released the Suggestions on Further Preventing and Curbing Domestic Violence.

In addition, preventing domestic violence is also highlighted in the Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010). Since 2000, 28 provinces have promulgated regulations or policies on anti-domestic violence.

Legislation Needed to Stop Domestic Violence

However, due to the traditional norm of treating domestic violence as a private affair, legislation against anti-domestic violence has been delayed for years. Political advisor and ACWF Vice-President Zhen Yan said that the present laws related to domestic violence are not concrete enough to prevent tragedies from happening. Moreover, domestic violence legislation will better promote social harmony and stability.

As a result, many people now consider anti-domestic violence legislation a top priority.

"The domestic law will reflect China's attitude towards respecting and safeguarding human rights, given that the United Nations stresses that eliminating violence is the government's responsibility," said Zhen. 

(Source: people.com.cn / Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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