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Comparative Perspectives on Gender ViolenceLessons From Efforts Worldwide$
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Rashmi Goel and Leigh Goodmark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199346578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346578.001.0001

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Operating in a Narrow Space to Effect Change

Operating in a Narrow Space to Effect Change

Development of a Legal System Response to Domestic Violence in China

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Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence

Robin Runge

Oxford University Press

Since the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, many Chinese scholars and activists have taken steps to address domestic violence in their communities by providing support to victims. These efforts have included the creation of domestic violence victim shelters’ training on domestic violence for public security officials (police), judges, and lawyers on how to better respond to complaints of domestic violence; and the creation of legal assistance and complaint stations. This chapter explores China’s efforts to define domestic violence for the purposes of obtaining legal assistance, protection, and justice; enact and implement laws, policies, and structures that ensure women’s safety; and hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable. The chapter also examines the role of grassroots activism in raising awareness of domestic violence and creating support for efforts to address it.

Keywords:   China, law, legislation, domestic violence, grassroots activism

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