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Shelter Opens for Battered Women in Shanghai

A battered women’s shelter called the Nangang Family Violence Protection Center has opened in Shanghai, China. Funded by a private entrepreneur, the shelter offers 20 beds and an untrained staff. Hundreds of women have called the shelter since early this year, and dozens have stayed over. Although no statistics are kept on wife abuse complaints in China, there are indications that the problem is increasingly common. According to China Women’s News, family violence causes one-quarter of the million-plus annual divorces in China. The constitution bans the mistreatment of women; one city, Changsha, recently passed a regulation instructing police to thoroughly and sympathetically respond to complaints of wife battering

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The New York Times - May 3, 1996

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