|The General Office of the Standing Committee of Shandong Provincial People's Congress holds a press conference on November 30, 2018 to discuss the province's anti-domestic violence regulations. [sdwomen.org.cn]|
Organizers in east China's Shandong Province officially adopted the anti-domestic violence regulations at its seventh meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th Shandong Provincial People's Congress on November 30, 2018.
The regulation is the first regional law focused on preventing and resolving domestic violence and will take effect on January 1, 2019.
During the formulation of the regulations, officials organized a drafting team consists of legislators, experts and practitioners to carry out full investigations and solicit opinions from the public.
Xuan Zuxiang, vice-president and member of the Party Leading Group of Shandong Women's Federation (SWF), explained the efforts made by SWF in implementing the regulations at a press conference given by the standing committee of the provincial National People's Congress.
According to Xuan, the regulations play an important role in constructing a safe province governed by law, enhancing the harmony of families and maintaining social stability.
As a mass organization, SWF is a link between the Party and women and is responsible for protecting women's legal rights and interests, promoting gender equality, and empowering women in all aspects.
It is also responsible for deliberating laws and regulations regarding women and children's rights.
Xuan put forward four requirements for women's federations at all levels to promote the implementation of the regulations as follows.
First, women's federations should cooperate with relevant departments to fight domestic violence. Officials should popularize anti-domestic violence regulations among the public and help victims through services provided by Women's Home centers, the "12338" special rights protection hotline and relevant bases.
Second, federations should carry out training courses for judicial and law enforcement organizations as well as social workers, volunteers and people's mediators, helping them better understand the harm caused by domestic violence and how to take preventative measures, thereby facilitating the extensive participation of volunteers in anti-domestic violence work
Third, federations should pay close attention to the mediation and settlement of family disputes. When receiving appeals, complaints or seeking for help regarding domestic violence, federation staff should cooperate with relevant organizations to take action at once.
Fourth, federations should promote the improvement of correlative mechanisms. Federations at all levels should undertake the responsibilities of the office of the working committee on children and women and perform duties prescribed in the regulations.
Furthermore, Xuan said it is imperative that federations at all levels should urge relevant departments to improve supportive mechanisms such as the domestic violence warning system and personal safety protection orders so as to ensure the smooth development of the directive.
(Source: sdwomen.org.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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