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Ban on Domestic Violence in China Urged

Women’s rights advocates and legal experts are pushing to reform China’s existing marriage law to ban family violence, which occurs in 30 percent of Chinese families, according to surveys conducted by the All-China Women’s Federation.

Chinese women are targets of domestic abuse because of their economic dependence on husbands and poorer educational backgrounds, according to Pi Xiamoing, author of “White Paper on Family Violence” and a prominent lawyer. Approximately 32 percent of the abused wives were regularly beaten four times a month, and an additional 39 percent were beaten more than once every month.

Sources:

BBC News (http://www.bbc.com), 25 July 2000, Xinhu

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