The term of intimate partner violence includes a wide range of sexually, psychologically and physically coercive acts perpetrated against adult or adolescent women by a current or former intimate partner, without their consent.
Physical violence involves the deliberate use of physical force, strength, or a weapon to harm or injure a woman. Sexual violence includes abusive sexual contact, forcing a woman to engage in sexual acts against her consent, attempted or completed sex acts with a woman who is ill, disabled, under restraint or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Psychological violence includes controlling or isolating the woman, and humiliating or embarrassing her. Economic violence involves denying a woman access to and control over basic resources. Administrative violence refers to depriving a woman of her identification papers (residence permit, ID card, family records, passport, etc.). Once left undocumented, it is impossible for immigrant victims to prove their nationality, legalise their immigration status or defend their rights.
Acts of violence perpetrated against women by their current or former life partner are the most widespread form of violence against women worldwide. In China, it is estimated that 25 to 30% of the country’s 630 million women are subjected to domestic violence during their lifetime. Every year, the Women’s Federation hotline (phone number 12338 from China) handles around 50,000 cases of domestic violence (government data).
Fighting domestic violence requires combined initiatives at all levels by all societal stakeholders: family, individuals, local community, civil society. A law protecting the rights and interests of women was enacted in China in 1998, reasserting the principle of the State authorities’ responsibility for preventing and eradicating intimate-partner violence, and providing assistance to the victims. However, the law fails to provide for any recourse for prosecuting the perpetrators, and reporting rates on this type of violence are extremely low in the country since such behaviours are regarded as private. Some progress has nevertheless been observed. For instance, in 2010-2012, UNIFEM (UN Development Fund for Women) and the Chinese government established a special prevention and response programme specifically targeting domestic violence in China.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
International Women’s Day (UN)
Sexual Awareness month
International Day of the Girl Child
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Human Rights Day
In 2010, the Kering group (ex-PPR), the Foundation and the FNSF signed a Charter to fight against and prevent domestic violence to officially commit to raise awareness and engage the employees of Kering and its brand’s in France on the topic of domestic violence. Click here
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