A quarter of Chinese women suffer domestic abuse

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About 24.7 percent of women have experienced domestic abuse, according to the results of a survey on the social status of women in China released Friday, Xinhua reported.

The survey was conducted by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). It based on the responses of 105,573 women aged 18 and above throughout the country.

The survey classifies domestic abuse as verbal humiliation, physical assault, deprivation of personal freedom, illegal control of income and rape.

Reports of physical assault stood at 5.5 percent, with a rate of 7.9 percent among rural women and 3.1 percent among their urban counterparts, the survey indicated.

Compared to a decade ago, women have showed more awareness of domestic abuse, Zhen Yan, ACWF vice chairwoman, said at a press conference Friday.

"Traditionally domestic abuse was considered a family affair, and most victims go to the police or women's associations," she said, "Today, as items related to domestic abuse have been written into several laws, and efforts have been made to increase awareness, more victims turn to the police, non-governmental groups and the media for help."

The ACWF is assertively lobbying lawmakers to adopt a special law on domestic abuse, she added.

China has yet to draft an independent law on domestic abuse. Only a few of the country's laws, such as the marriage law, have addressed the crime.

Domestic abuse became a big story last month after a scandal in which a Chinese celebrity was caught beating his American wife.

Li Yang, a Chinese English teacher whose "Crazy English" teaching method made him popular in the mid-1990s, was strongly condemned by society after his wife posted pictures online depicting injuries he inflicted upon her.

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