Nearly 25 percent of Chinese women suffer domestic violence: Survey
Beijing, Oct 21 (ANI): Around 25 percent of women in China have experienced some form of domestic violence, a survey has revealed.
The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) survey, covering 105,573 women aged 18 and above across the country, revealed that reports of physical assault stood at 5.5 percent, with a rate of 7.9 percent among rural women and 3.1 percent among their urban counterparts.
The survey classified domestic abuse as verbal humiliation, physical assault, deprivation of personal freedom, illegal control of income and rape, Xinhua reports.
Zhen Yan, ACWF vice chairwoman, said that compared to a decade ago, women have shown more awareness about domestic abuse.
"Traditionally domestic abuse was considered a family affair, and most victims go to the police or women's associations," she said.
"That's why the problem did not stand out in the research years ago," she added.
She pointed out that, at present, when items related to domestic abuse have been written into several laws, and efforts have been made to increase awareness, more victims turn to the police, non-governmental groups and the media for help.
Yan added that the ACWF is assertively lobbying lawmakers to adopt a special law on domestic abuse. (ANI)
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