Nanjing to Put in Place Domestic Violence Warning System

January 7, 2014
Editor: Cindy Yang

Nanjing to Put in Place Domestic Violence Warning System
A previously trialed Domestic Violence Warning System will be implemented in Nanjing, capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province this year. [File Photo]
A previously trialed Domestic Violence Warning System will be implemented in Nanjing, capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province this year. It will apply to cases of minor domestic violence, and operates in the forms of advising, warning and educating perpetrators without necessarily enforcing corrective measures.

The implementation was based on the previous pilot work in certain police stations in Nanjing. It is an attempt by administration to intervene in these cases.

According to the regulation, the local public security bureau should act to stop domestic violence immediately after receiving a complaint, and serve abusers with warning notices where necessary. The people's court will accept a warning notice as proof of domestic violence, and the women's federation will help mediate the disputes.

Statistics from the women's federation in Suzhou in Jiangsu Province show the federation received more than 140 petitions about domestic violence in 2012, accounting for 24.1 percent of all marriage- and family-related petitions. In terms of domestic violence complaints in 2012, 62.1 percent occurred among couples and almost all victims were wives, while among appeals, only 4.1 percent of the victims sought protection.

Data from the Suzhou Public Security Bureau shows it received 1,639 appeals about domestic violence in 2012, compared to 1,590 appeals in the previous year.

According to the regulation, the local public security bureau will serve perpetrators in minor domestic violence cases which are unsuitable for administrative penalties with warnings when necessary. Those who have received a warning but continue abusive behavior will be given heavier punishment. The warnings can be used as evidence in court but not as replacements for administrative and criminal punishment.

The following solutions can then be applied: the abuser takes the initiative to eliminate or reduce illegal actions and has been forgiven by the victim, or the circumstances of the crime are relatively light and the abuser and the victim have reached an agreement after mediation by the public security department. Both situations are not suitable for enforcement by administrative penalty, according to the law.

Before issuing a warning, the department will ascertain basic facts and collect evidence. The warning procedure will be initiated based on sufficient evidence. The content of the warning will be read in front of the abuser, who must then sign it.

Copies of the warning will be sent to the women's federation and the public security department in the perpetrator's residential area.

"The system is highly practical and effective. And pilot work in this area has achieved good results," said Vice President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Zhen Yan.

In the pilot phase, more than 40 warnings were issued and there was a recurrence of domestic violence in only one case.

An ACWF report shows that 16 percent of women have admitted to having been subject to physical abuse by their spouse and nearly 40 percent of the couples polled resort to physical confrontation once every few months.

(Source: clady.cn/ Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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