Children from newly-organized families, migrant workers more likely to suffer domestic violence: report

15:24, March 25, 2011      

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A report by a legal research center shows that children living in newly organized families or whose parents are migrant workers living away from home are more likely to experience domestic violence.

The report, by the Beijing Youth Legal Aid and Research Center, said more than 53 percent of domestic violence cases against children took place in newly organized or migrant families. The center investigated 338 child domestic violence cases over the past six years.

"Children easily fall victims to domestic violence because of changes in the families, but cases of domestic violence against children caused by other factors such as disharmonious family relations and conflicting family members are also on the rise," said the report.

It reveals that Chinese parents lack a contemporary understanding of law with regard to child welfare and poorly educated parents are more likely to beat their children at will.

The report shows that parents often consider their children as "private property" and some parents think of their children as tools for them to make money.

"Parents too often believe that violence against their children is justified if it's for the good of the children," the report said.

It also showed that only two percent of domestic violence cases against children were reported to the police over the surveyed period, as families, communities and neighborhood committees predominately consider that "educating" children is solely a family matter.

"Even if cases were reported to the police, the parents would not be punished in any major way," the report said.

It noted the difficulty of such cases entering legal proceedings as by law, guardians, or parents, of juveniles should act as their legal persons, which ignores the fact that guardians themselves could infringe upon children's rights.

Source: Xinhua
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