SW China City Establishes Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims

October 17, 2013
Editor: Sun Xi
SW China City Establishes Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims
A 2012 survey by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) showed that domestic violence happened in 30 percent of the 270 million Chinese families polled, with over 85 percent of the sufferers being women and 100,000 families in China being destroyed by it each year. [dunwoodyga.gov]
A women's shelter opened on October 15, 2013, in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, to protect elderly people, women and children in need of temporary shelter from domestic violence.

The shelter was set up by the Nanning Women's Federation and Civil Affairs Bureau and is equipped with a sofa, two beds, TV, air conditioning, medication and women's daily necessities.

"Domestic violence victims can apply to local women's federations and senior offices to be sheltered there. Those who are fleeing in emergency situations can arrive at the shelter without first applying but must bring a police report and identification," said an official from the federation.

At the shelter, they will be provided with basic living services, accommodation and safety protection as well as psychological counseling and legal aid services.

"After guaranteeing the victims' safety, we can deal further with the case," said the official.

A 2012 survey by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) showed that domestic violence happened in 30 percent of the 270 million Chinese families polled, with over 85 percent of the sufferers being women and 100,000 families in China being destroyed by it each year.

Most victims of domestic violence suffer in silence, with 30.6 percent of them thinking that seeking help will be of no use and that they should solve the issue themselves. Almost 30 percent believe that domestic violence should be kept a private matter.
Aside from husband-on-wife domestic violence, child abuse is also common, as are child deaths caused by parental domestic violence. Cases involving elderly victims are also increasing.

(Source: news.gxnews.com.cn/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)

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