Shanghai: Nearly one out of 10 families has
domestic violence problems in Shanghai, though Shanghai men have a reputation
for being henpecked, a survey has found.
The survey, conducted by the website www.smmail.cn, showed that 7 per cent of
the 4,500 interviewed said they were victims of domestic violence.
In addition, another 9 per cent said violence "seemed to" have happened, but
they are not sure whether it was serious enough to be called "domestic
Of those asked if they had experienced a "cold war," a term referring to a
couple lacking communication and frequently criticizing each other's
shortcomings or weaknesses, 9 per cent of interviewees said they had.
The results were reiterated by the fact that 560 calls were made to a hotline
against domestic violence set up by the Shanghai Women's Federation earlier this
The survey, revealed during the International Day to Eradicate Violence
against Women on Saturday, also said irreconcilable differences, extra-marital
affairs and the attacker's psychological problems are the major causes of
The results were particularly potent in Shanghai, where men have a reputation
for being sensitive and non-violent compared to men in other parts of China.
Forty-nine per cent of those surveyed hold the opinion that the attackers
were mostly men, who are often serious male chauvinists, or have habits such as
alcoholism or gambling.
Twenty-six per cent of domestic violence happened because of long-term
sickness or health problems, which made a partner unable to satisfy the sexual
needs of his/her spouse, according to the survey.
About 37 per cent of the violence occurred because some women, who were laid
off from work or have health problems, are economically reliant on their
Forty-two per cent said abuse happens as a result of women over-indulging
The majority of people in Shanghai said they would call the police if
domestic violence occurred. Only 5 per cent considered it as "just a family
More than half of those interviewed wanted to end domestic violence through
working out solutions to conflicts, while 12 per cent chose to divorce.
Still, a small number of people chose to hide their head in the sand by
ignoring the unhappy experience or simply bearing it "in