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(Beijing Review)

09:00, October 21, 2011

A growing problem

According to a survey conducted by the All China Women's Federation (ACWF) in 2010, domestic violence occurs in 30 percent of China's families, with more than 85 percent of the sufferers being women. About 100,000 Chinese couples divorce each year as a result of domestic violence.

Jiang Yue'e, head of the ACWF's department for protecting women's rights and interests, said one in every 10 of the complaints the organization receives involves domestic violence.

"Conjugal violence has grown into a potential threat to social stability," said Jiang. "The victims are mainly women and children, who suffer both physical and psychological pain."

A study conducted by the Beijing-based China Law Society supports estimates that more than one third of Chinese families have domestic violence but many are not public about it.

"This is lamentably not a new issue anywhere," said Liu Xiaojuan, an attorney and Administrative Director of the Anti-Domestic Violence Network (ADVN) of the China Law Society. "But over the last decade China has seen substantial progress as a result of simply bringing the issue of domestic abuse to public attention."

According to Liu, since her organization was established in 2000, there has been a rapid change in attitudes and an increased awareness regarding the problem of domestic violence across all sections of Chinese society.

However, those working with the network also found patterns of domestic violence in China didn't conform to their original expectations.

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ASEAN at 2011-10-24220.255.1.*
Observer, it seems that you are a real idiot. Your conclusion that China has a long way in becoming a civilised country with attitudes that it is okay to physically assault one"s spouse prove so. Your simple analysis of a situation prove so. Which country in this world does not have domestic violence ? Only an idiot would think such a thing. You means you stay in a country that does not have any domestic violence ? May I know the country that you are living ? Since you are an idiot, please don"t come to this website. This website is means for people with intelligence and profound understanding of the world affairs. Not for an idiot like you.
PD User at 2011-10-2494.195.123.*
What a lot of rubbish! Domestic violences against women happen everyday across the world. Alcohol abuse is one of the major causes.
LovingChina at 2011-10-24183.39.46.*
This lunatic LiYang has to be locked up for psychiatric treatments before it gets dangerous to the public. By the way, this has nothing to do with civilisation and civility of Chinese men and women nor China"s civilisation. Perhaps, ‘observer’ had not lived long enough in a western world to justify what being observed or read about assaults of spouses in the all white and black dominated nations where conditions for filing of divorces are far higher than it could imagine. Of course, it is equally shameful and disgraceful to note that quite a number of local Chinese women weren"t able to differentiate foreigners between mid-easterners and westerners (* just because these guys carried some USD or foreign notes *). It is hoped that CPC"s new cultural drive can fix a portion of such naivety & mental illnesses, at least!
Observer at 2011-10-24203.177.74.*
China has long way in becoming a civilized country with attitudes that it is okay to physically assault ones spouse. My friends say they like Americans because they think Chinese women are pretty while Chinese men think they are ugly. Only an idiot would think such a thing.

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