China Promotes 'Zero-Tolerance' Approach to Domestic Violence

November 28, 2016
By China Women's NewsEditor: Rong Chen
China Promotes 'Zero-Tolerance' Approach to Domestic Violence
A bird's view of Hangzhou City, east China's Zhejiang Province, at the Orange Light Bulb Ceremony on November 25 that appeals for the elimination of domestic violence [cnwomen.com.cn]

 

China further stressed its consensus to promoting a "zero-tolerance" attitude to domestic abuse on November 25, timed to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Ever since the country implemented its first Law Against Domestic Violence on March 1 this year, women's federations nationwide have joined forces to enhance the protection of individuals' legal rights and interests, stated officials.

Regional Initiatives to Prevent and End Family Abuse

As an example of some of the recent initiatives that are being put in place, Changsha Women's Federation in central China's Hunan Province will launch an intervention center in 2017 to quickly respond to reports.

By utilizing a case management system, and organizing regular seminars and conferences, the center is expected to have a positive effect, and will benefit from the support of local government departments and members of the public.

Ji'nan Women's Federation and another six local government departments in east China's Shandong Province jointly issued a guideline on June 29 this year. It lists curbing violence as a job responsibility among organizations and illustrates specific requirements when issuing personal safety protection rules in favor of victims. It also specifies guidelines on the issuing of warnings to abusers.

The women's federation in the city of Fangchenggang, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, recently initiated a work scheme to organize regular joint conferences against domestic violence. A majority of officials attending the meetings are those from local courts, the public security bureau and the Department of Civil Affairs.

Some 39 community volunteer teams have solved the family disputes of 98 households in the district of Yuanbao in Dandong City, northeast China's Liaoning Province. So far, such teams have assisted eight victims of abuse to prosecute offenders in court and further urged another 21 to plead guilty.

Grassroots women's federations in north China's Hebei Province have initiated various activities to promote the law against domestic violence. Women are urged to defend their own legal rights and interests in marriage, especially in terms of property, land and financial possession, and bravely say "no" to family abuse, noted officials.

Similarly, women's federations in central China's Henan Province have promoted the State policy and a common belief in fighting domestic violence. Their initiatives include offering legal consultations and handing out brochures among communities and schools.

Women's federations in various cities across northwest China's Gansu Province organized simultaneous outdoor seminars on November 25. These activities aimed to promote the national law among citizens.

One of the major themes at the event was the message that instead of escalating family tensions, households are encouraged to prevent and curb such abuse whilst also developing harmonious relationships among family members.

Hangzhou Women's Federation in east China's Zhejiang Province held a ceremony to light up buildings and landmarks with orange bulbs to improve citizens' awareness against domestic violence recently. The event was joined by around 30 local law firms and voluntary teams and highlighted the detrimental effects caused by such abuse.

Residents in Tongzhou District of Beijing were informed on November 25 of practical measures to seek assistance if they are affected domestic violence. Also, a collaborated response scheme against such abuse would be founded in Tongzhou in near future, reported an official.

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

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