Domestic violence penalties are toughened
Committing domestic violence can result in penalties as severe as the death sentence, according to a guideline released by China’s top judicial authorities.
The guideline gives clear definition on crimes relating to domestic violence, including intentional injury, homicide, and abuse, and specifies penalties for such crimes.
China still lacks a special law on domestic violence, which causes legal difficulties in domestic violence criminal cases, difficulties such as starting legal procedures and giving verdicts, Yang Wanming, a judge at the Supreme People’s Court, said.
Domestic violence in China has increased in recent years. According to a report released by All-China Women’s Federation last year, nearly 40 percent of Chinese women who are married or involved in a relationship experience physical or sexual abuse, and only 7 percent of women surveyed who had experienced domestic violence called the police.