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Programs to target domestic violence (2)

(China Daily)

08:41, September 21, 2011

In the pilot counties, doctors and nurses, especially those in obstetrics and gynecology departments, will be trained to do screening checkups on female patients and record whether they have experienced any domestic violence, said Zhao Yanxia, an official from the National Center for Women's and Children's Health.

"Doctors and nurses can be the first people victims turn to and they provide medical evidence for those victims," Zhao said. "So it is important that doctors and nurses know how to participate in anti-domestic violence work."

Police and local justice officials in the pilot counties will also receive training in how to provide legal help for victims and how to spread information about gender equality and anti-domestic violence, experts at the seminar said.

"Our experience shows that women and children are usually the victims of domestic violence, while abusers cannot be categorized by personality, age, education or income level. Even celebrities can be abusers," Jiang said.

Recently, well-known English teacher Li Yang confessed and apologized to the public for beating his wife, Kim Lee, about a week after she caught the public's attention by releasing photos of her bruised forehead and bleeding ear through posts on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

Chen also urged more abused women to tell others about their experiences and to seek help instead of suffering in silence.

About 80 countries have promulgated specific laws to prevent all forms of domestic violence, said Jiang, adding that, in Asia, only West Asian countries and the Chinese mainland have yet to introduce such laws.

Encouragingly, legislation against domestic violence has been listed on the agenda of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Jiang said.

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