Police, Women's Federation in E China's Hangzhou Handle Domestic Violence

July 10, 2018  Editor: Wang Yue

Jianggan District Public Security department and Jianggan Women's Federation (JWF) in the city of Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province, set up an anti-domestic violence team in March 2017 to efficiently handle related cases and publicity.

The anti-domestic violence team established a group on the popular instant messaging app WeChat composed of 173 officers of the Intelligence Control Room and Police Station and staff of women's federations.

After receiving emergency calls, the public security staff will send a message to the group and then officers from the police station and members of JWF can take action immediately and handle the issue as soon as possible.

"There is a three-tier punishment mechanism for domestic-violence perpetrator: first warned, then summoned and finally detained by the local public security department," said Miao Erhui, the commander of Jianggan Intelligence Control Room.

"But if the perpetrator committed a crime with deadly weapons, we will detain him resolutely."

Since the punishment mechanism was implemented one year ago, Jianggan public security sub-bureau has issued 667 warning letters, summoned 127 people and detained five.

"The three-tier punishment mechanism greatly deterred those who were prone to making domestic violence in daily life," Miao added.

JWF further classified the domestic violence issues into three levels according to the number of crimes and the extent of injury.

"For first-tier domestic violence, police and officials of community women's federations will visit the victims, communicate with them regularly and provide them with psychological counseling. For the second and third-tier issues, women's federations will cooperate with local public securities to resolve families' conflicts effectively," said Zhang Xiuxia, Vice-President of JWF.

The control of domestic violence has received outstanding achievements.

Jianggan District has handled 774 domestic violence cases since March 2017, down 31.9 percent year-on-year while it handled 67 cases in 2018 with a decrease of 60.1 percent. Moreover, no malignant cases caused by domestic violence happened.

Except for the three-tier punishment mechanism, JWF also carefully analyzed the reasons, factors and numbers of all domestic violence issues in order to take responding measures to handle issues in their work.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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