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(Beijing Review)

09:00, October 21, 2011

LET ME HELP YOU: Workers from the Women's Federation of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, offer advice to residents at an activity marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, 2005 (SUN ZHONGNAN)

"Before, we thought it's rural areas and the lower classes that have a higher incidence of domestic violence," Liu said. "But actually many urban women report being beaten by their well-educated husbands who are doctors, professors or other qualified professionals. That means domestic violence in China not only has an economic dimension but is a more ingrained cultural phenomenon."

Liu admits domestic violence in China is still regarded as a family issue, something not to be discussed outside the home.

This is echoed by Cesar Chelala, an international public health consultant, who published an article in China Daily last October.

"Cultural, economic and social factors such as shame and fear of retaliation from their partners are the cause of women's reluctance to denounce these acts. As in other countries, domestic violence in China is not only widespread, but also considered a private matter, which makes it very difficult for women to get a proper response from the police and the judiciary," said Chelala in the article.

Chelala also said physically tortured women are more susceptible to a variety of health problems such as depression, suicide, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of the women victims of homicide around the world are killed by their current or former husbands or boyfriends.

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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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