The police will be given more guidance on how to deal with cases of domestic
violence, a rising trend in recent years.
According to the All-China Women's Federation, domestic violence complaints
have risen 70 percent in the past two years.
Nine ministries, including the All-China Women's Federation and the Ministry
of Public Security, will issue guidelines that provide a legal basis for police
intervention, Zhang Yanhong, a director of the legal department of the
The guidelines are expected to take effect at the end of this month, she
"They will strengthen an anti-domestic violence law due to go before the next
National People Congress," Zhang said.
The guidelines take a practical and standard approach to dealing with family
Police response must be immediate or they could face punishment, Zhang said.
China has laws and regulations concerning domestic violence, but they lack
details for prevention and punishment.
"The police, up to now, do not have a legal right to intervene in family
cases," Liao Saifang, a public security officer, said.
Police involvement will help stem domestic violence, and in some cases
prevent deaths, Liao said.
In Shenzhen, South China, 26 people have died resulting from domestic abuse
in the first half of this year - 13 percent of deaths - occurring in all
A woman throws punches at a rubber
boxing dummy, with the words "family violence" marked on its chest, at a
catharsis club in Chongqing. The facility serves exclusively for women
battling depression and family violence. Tang Ming Related story
In the past two years, the federation has received about 50,000 complaints of
domestic violence, up 70 percent, the deputy chairman of the federation, Mo
Wenxiu, was quoted as saying by the Xinhua News Agency.
Domestic violence is partly responsible for the 400,000 divorces every year
in China, Mo said.
Guo Ruixiang, China Program Specialist of the United Nations Development Fund
for Women, said the increase was probably due to more violence and to an
increase in victims seeking help.
"The figure reminds us of how serious the situation is in the country," she
Guo said the guidelines were a step in the right direction, as it would
enhance the public's awareness of domestic violence.
(China Daily 07/21/2007 page3)