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NCJ Number: 200628 Find in a Library
Title: Activism Against Domestic Violence in the People's Republic of China
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:9  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:630-654
Author(s): Cecilia Milwertz
Editor(s): Claire M. Renzetti
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines new women’s groups, networks, and organizations in Beijing and their activism against violence against women, specifically domestic violence, and focuses on the factors of political context, 10 years of activist experience, and international exchange.
Abstract: In the 1980's, public attention began to focus on violence against women in the People’s Republic of China. During this same time, the issue was placed on the United Nations’ women-related agendas. This article is concerned with nongovernmental or popular activism against domestic violence in the Peoples’ Republic of China. It focuses on three factors: (1) the political content; (2) 10 years of activist experience; and (3) international exchange. The article poses three questions: (1) how and why activism against violence against women emerged as an issue addressed by new forms of organizing; (2) how has international interaction influenced and inspired understandings of and action against violence against women; and (3) what forms of domestic and international constraints and support have activists encountered in addressing domestic violence? The article is based primarily on interviews with women’s organization activists in Beijing conducted between 1994 and 1998. The early activities against violence against women or domestic violence by the Women’s Research Institute and the Jinglun Family Center are described. The final section discusses the development of definitions and interpretations of and action against violence against women and the establishment in 2000 of a national network involved in researching and preventing domestic violence. References
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; China; Domestic assault prevention; Violence; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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