First law against do­mes­tic violence gets ap­proval

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.”

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