25% of Chinese Women Suffer Domestic Violence

November 27, 2013
By Yao YaoEditor: Leo Yin

China's first domestic violence intervention center is established at a seminar held at the China Women's University on November 26, 2013. [Women of China/Yao Yao]
China's first domestic violence intervention center is established at a seminar held at the China Women's University on November 26, 2013. [Women of China/Yao Yao]
Nearly 25 percent of Chinese women have suffered intimate partner violence and women's federations across China receive about 50,000 domestic violence cases every year, a top official from All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) said on Tuesday.

"Domestic violence is the cancer in social development and poses great challenges to overall social advancement," said Tan Lin, the newly-elected member of the secretariat of the ACWF, at a seminar jointly held by China and Australia on November 26, 2013.

China's first domestic violence intervention center was established at the seminar. The center will strengthen exchanges with foreign countries on anti-domestic violence and provide research achievements and suggestions on pushing for related legislation.

China has included the fight against family violence in its 2011-2020 development guideline for women and children and in the government's work appraisal system, according to Tan.

Tan pointed out that China's top leaders pledged to adhere to the basic state policy of gender equality in the decision of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and China's top legislature was considering making a special anti-domestic violence law.

The development plans for the domestic violence intervention center were also introduced at the seminar. The ACWF and the China Women's University will handle the center's daily operations.

China and Australia have gained significant achievements in their cooperation on human rights, such as the Australia-China Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program which strengthened the administration, promotion and protection of human rights in China.

The domestic violence intervention center is a pilot program jointly initiated by China and Australia to train female decision-makers and rights activists in the fight against intimate partner violence.

 

(Women of China)

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