Anti-Domestic Violence Legislation Urgently Needed in China

November 26, 2012
Editor: Hou Jianjun

According to statistics released by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), domestic violence occurred in one third of the 320 million Chinese families polled and 90 percent of victims were women. About 100,000 families have broken up as a result of domestic violence.

November 25 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

"People are now paying more attention to the various forms of domestic violence, including mental and economic abuse," said Ma Leijun, an official from the United Nations Women’s Department, at the forum. 

 
Ma Leijun, an official from the United Nations Women's Department, speaks at the forum. [womenwatch-china.org]

Ma Leijun, an official from the United Nations Women's Department, speaks at the forum. [womenwatch-china.org]


However, most experts believe that existing data does not reveal the true extent of the problem. "Many Chinese people consider domestic violence to be shameful, and are reluctant to admit that it happens in their family,” said Wu Qunfang, vice director of the Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center Beijing (MWPCCB), a non-profit women's organization. 

Wu Qunfang, vice director of the Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center Beijing (MWPCCB), speaks at the forum. [womenwatch-china.org]

Wu Qunfang, vice director of the Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center Beijing (MWPCCB), speaks at the forum. [womenwatch-china.org]

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