Shenzhen to Incorporate Economic Control into Domestic Violence Statute

August 21, 2014
By Ye HaiyanEditor: Yang Yang
Shenzhen to Incorporate Economic Control into Domestic Violence Statute
For the first time in China, Shenzhen will incorporate economic control into their Regulations on Anti-Domestic Violence in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (Draft). [Baidu]

For the first time in China, south China's Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will incorporate economic control into their Regulations on Anti-Domestic Violence in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (Draft). This great innovation marks a bright spot in China's history of tackling domestic violence - yet it has also stirred controversy.  

According to the Draft, domestic violence refers to a pattern of damaging behavior committed by one family member against another, and includes physical, mental and sexual abuse, as well as economic control and other aspects. 

One of the draftsmen, Professor of the Law School at Shenzhen University, and Director of Shenzhen Pengxing Anti-Domestic Violence Center Yi Songguo told reporters that, generally speaking, domestic violence mainly refers to violence that has a direct physical, psychological or sexual component. Due to the economic strength and characteristics in Shenzhen, and based on statistics from the Domestic Violence Preventive Center, some perpetrators employ economic control and threatening, or humiliating language to abuse their family members. Economic control, which in real life can often be similar to house arrest, can also cause great damage to an individual. Compared to more obvious, direct physical violence, economic control can have a similarly oppressive impact, just in a different way. 

It is understood that, different from other local domestic violence laws and regulations in China's other administrative divisions, the law in Shenzhen is focused on prevention and treatment of domestic violence, which involves multi-party participation and covers a wide range of incidents. 

(Source: China Women's News / Translated by Women of China)

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