Team Promotes Implementation of China's Law Against Domestic Violence


Women of China (English) - - WOMEN'S RIGHTS |维权直通车 -

What is the best way to promote implementation of China's Law Against Domestic Violence ("the law")? What is the best way to protect women's safety and properties? Such issues topped the agenda of Shen Yueyue, Vice-chairperson of the NPC (National People's Congress) Standing Committee and President of the All-china Women's Federation (ACWF), during her inspection tour of East China's Shandong Province from September 5-7. Shen led a team from the NPC Standing Committee during the inspection.

China's NPC Standing Committee adopted the law on December 27, 2015. The law took effect on March 1, 2016. The legislation, the first of its kind in the country, marked a milestone in the development of China's legal system, in the progress of protecting Chinese citizens' rights, and in the promotion of women and children's development.

The team's members were briefed on the problems and challenges, faced by Shandong government's officials, when they promote the law's implementation. The team visited several of the communities and villages of Jinan, Zibo, Qingdao (all cities in Shandong Province) and other cities in the province, to learn about the communities and villages' efforts to promote implementation of the law. The members also heard suggestions, on how to promote the law's implementation, from lawyers, judges and scholars.

Shen commended the cities for their achievements in promoting the law's implementation. To respond to Chinese President Xi Jinping's call to "treasure our families, and attach great importance to promoting family education and good family traditions," Shen urged the cities to make greater efforts to combat domestic violence.

She suggested the cities should establish a work mechanism, through which various organizations (including public security agencies, law enforcement agencies, civil affairs bureaus and women's federations, at all levels in the cities) work together to eliminate domestic violence. She also said she hoped government officials will make continuous efforts to help improve residents' understanding of the law.

Shen urged women's federations, at all levels throughout the province, to conduct various activities to help residents increase their awareness about the importance of eliminating domestic violence, to advocate family virtues and good family traditions, and to publicize information about the laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of women and children's legal rights and interests.

She stressed governments, at all levels in Shandong Province, should make greater efforts to promote the law, and to promote social justice and harmony within families.

Shen suggested women's federations and government organizations should provide training, to help social workers improve their ability to resolve family disputes and combat domestic violence. She also noted the workers should work hard to help residents improve their ability to protect their safety and legal rights and interests.

She urged law enforcement agencies and women's federations, at all levels throughout the province, to implement directives and documents related to cracking down on domestic violence and on protecting the legal rights and interests of victims of domestic violence.

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