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25% of married women suffer domestic violence in China

CCTV.com

03-02-2017 09:07 BJT

(Source: CGTN)

It has been a year since China's first domestic violence law came into force. A key protection measure is the restraining order. The restraining order requires abusers to stop committing violence. The courts can also order abusers to end all contact with victims and their close relatives, or to move out of their home.

Violations of the restraining order could mean a fine of up to 1,000 yuan, or 145 US dollars, as well as a 15-day detention. Perpetrators of serious offenses could face criminal charges.  During the past year, courts in China have issued a total of 498 judgments involving restraining orders for personal safety.

Domestic violence victims are a huge but silent group in China. According to the All-China Women's Federation, nearly 25 percent of Chinese women have suffered domestic violence to some extent in their marriages, though only some 40,000 complaints are lodged with the federation each year.

Before the law against domestic violence, some victims reported abuse to the police or filed lawsuits.  Effective help was usually rare because of the long processing period and unclear items concerning domestic abuse in other laws.