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Domestic violence casts an ugly shadow

(China Daily)

09:30, November 17, 2011

Photo shows spousal abuse in China in the past years. [Photos provided to China Daily]

It never occurred to Li Wei that her second marriage would collapse, and be even uglier than the first. The "reliable, honest and loving" husband she had been looking for turned out to be an ill-tempered bully who beat her repeatedly over nine months.

"You can't imagine what I've suffered," the 45-year-old said between sobs, tears streaming down her face.

About 25 percent of Chinese women have been abused by their spouses, verbally and physically, including having their freedom restricted and raped.

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