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Beijing's first govt shelter for abuse (2)

By Yin Yeping (Global Times)

08:23, October 18, 2012

In terms of how to access the service, he noted that the victims must contact the anti-family violence office of the women's federation in Mentougou district to check the identity of the victim before they are transferred to the shelter.

"Currently, we're targeting residents in Mentougou district only," he added.

So far, only one victim of family violence has used the service, a 50-year-old local female resident surnamed Zhang, who for years lived under the threat of abuse from her alcoholic husband.

"When her husband came home drunk, she had to be ready to escape [to avoid being beaten]," Chen said. Chen noted that the woman has now brought her case to the court with the shelter's legal aid.

The deputy chairman of Mentougou District Women's Federation, surnamed Huo, told the Global Times that money is always the core issue for establishing shelters like this.

"From offering free meals and accommodation to recruiting specialists, it requires monetary support from the government side," she said.

Wu Qunfang, the deputy director of the Maple Women's Psychological Counselling Center, a Beijing-based organization that is dedicated to women's rights, told the Global Times that the Beijing government has not offered adequate assistance to the victims of family violence.

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