China's Supreme People's Court, the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and China Association of Women Judges on November 25, 2020, held an activity, during which they released the list of China's Top 10 Cases Involving the Enforcement of Restraining Orders. The orders were issued to victims of domestic violence, to protect their safety.
As judges and procurators handled the cases, many "bright spots" — including imposing administrative punishments for violations of the orders, helping elderly and/or disabled residents, and persons with limited capacity for civil acts, in applying for the orders, and helping parents transform outworn ideas of educating children by beating and/or scolding them into scientific methods of educating children— generated much concern.
Other "bright spots" included the exploration of schools' roles in preventing and stopping domestic violence, and of the elimination of violence against one's ex-spouse or cohabitation partner. The cases embodied the achievements of various organizations (including people's courts, public security agencies and women's federations) in combating domestic violence.
In accordance with China's Law Against Domestic Violence, which took effect on March 1, 2016, victims of domestic violence should apply to courts to sign and receive restraining orders, to protect their safety. That helps, to a large extent, prevent domestic violence.
China's Supreme People's Court, along with ACWF, in 2019 promulgated a notice on improving China's work mechanism for protecting women and children's rights and interests. The notice stressed officials of the court and the federation should improve their cooperation, so they can better help women and children protect their legal rights and interests.
Gao Shawei, Director of ACWF's Legal Department, highlighted the achievements of women's federations, at all levels across the country, in promoting implementation of China's Law Against Domestic Violence during the past few years. She said the federations had provided various services (including offering psychological assistance and advice on how to seek legal assistance to combat domestic violence) to women and children.
(Women of China English Monthly January 2021 issue)
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