GUANGZHOU: South China's Guangdong Province will open more domestic violence
shelters in response to the rising number of child abuse cases.
The shelters will be located in the heart of residential communities.
Cases of family violence against children have increased by about 20 percent
across the province over the past two decades, with many victims seriously
injured due to the lack of effective protective shelters offered by government.
"We have found that a growing number of children has been subjected to
physical violence at home in recent years," Zhang Liling, director of the
Children's Department of the Guangdong Provincial Women's Federation, said.
"And more protective shelters along with province-wide surveillance systems
on child abuse will soon be set up for the victims of domestic violence."
In a recent case, a three-year-old girl from Baiyun District of Guangzhou,
was locked in a toilet for nearly a month by her mother. The girl has also been
"seriously" physically abused by her parents after they had a big quarrel.
"In this case, the girl, unfortunately, fell victim to her parents' bad
relationship," Zhang said. "As a governmental authority, we must offer help to
children who are neglected by their parents."
Two residential communities in Foshan will trial a new anti-abuse
"Temporary shelters for child victims of domestic violence will also be set
up in the two communities, to provide necessary psychological rehabilitation and
comfort for them," Zhang said.
The women's federation will work with schools, departments of health and
social security to promote children's rights.
The establishment of shelters for physically abused children coincides with
the Campaign of Prevention of Violence Against Children, launched last June by
the United Nation's Children Fund (UNICEF) in Guangdong, Zhejiang and Shanxi
Under the campaign, a series of studies on children's development will be
carried out and measures will be set up in the province.
Zhang said residents are encouraged to report suspected cases of child abuse
via a new telephone hotline, soon to be set up.
(China Daily 03/27/2007 page5)