In addition to disrupting family harmony, domestic violence drives women and juveniles to crime, a woman leader said yesterday on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Li Yue'e, president of Shanxi Provincial Women's Federation, pointed out that 50% of women convicts had committed crimes after being subjected to domestic violence.
Statistics show that around 100,000 Chinese families disintegrate every year due to domestic violence. Results of a spot check Shanxi Women's Federation carried out at local women's prisons show that 45.3% of women convicted of murdering their husbands had suffered violence at their hands, Li Yue'e said.
"Domestic violence is a main contributing factor to Shanxi's rising divorce rate and juvenile delinquency. A survey shows that 90% of students at correctional institutes come from broken homes. Children who grow up in such families where domestic violence is a common occurrence are likely to display violent tendencies and suffer from clinical depression – both of which often lead them to crime." Li Yue'e said.
(Source: Xinhua / Translated by womenofchina.cn)
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