First law against domestic violence gets approval
Chinese policy makers approved the nation’s first law against domestic violence.
The law prohibits all forms of domestic violence and has been hailed as a milestone in efforts to protect people from abuse in the home. Courts would be required to hear requests for protection by victims of domestic violence and to make a determination within 48 hours, under the law.
It was approved after a sevenday session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the state legislature, and will come into force on March 1. The authority said the law defines domestic violence as physical or mental harm inflicted on someone by a family member, as well as verbal abuse.
“This new law sees us make some progress, but in a slow way,” said Liu Bohong, a senior researcher with the Women’s Studies Institute of China. She added, “Sexual violence has not yet been written into the law, which is a blind spot.”