• Chinese city trials domestic violence database for engaged couples

    Date:25 June 2020 Author: Kirsten Jacobs

    The Eastern Chinese city of Yiwu will soon trial a domestic violence database that will allow engaged people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence before they get married. This follows an increase in domestic violence, both reported and unreported, amid the lockdown.

    The database will include information on offenders across the country, those who have been convicted, those who have restraining orders against them, and those who have been sentenced to detention for domestic violence since 2017. The database will update in real-time and include cases of domestic violence against spouses or partners, as well as family members.

    This trial is the first of its kind for the country and will be implemented from July 1 according to The Paper. The creators of the database hope it will help in preventing domestic violence within marriage.

    “Many times, marriage parties only know whether the other party has domestic violence after marriage,” Zhou Danying, vice chairman of Yiwu Women’s Federation, told Peng Mei News. “By establishing a query system, the marriage partner can know whether the other party has domestic violence records before marriage, and consider whether to enter a marriage to achieve prevention and prevention. The purpose of reducing domestic violence.”

    The BBC reports that in some areas of the country, domestic violence has doubled or even trippled during the lockdown. Domestic violence only became legally punishable in China in 2016.

    To use the database, one must fill in a form and provide their ID and the ID of the person they plan to wed, as well as their formal marriage application. They will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

    “Domestic violence refers to violence against any family member. During the formulation of the “Opinions”, we fully considered the protection of citizens’ privacy and stipulated the conditions for the inquiry. The inquiry person must provide their own ID card and marriage target ID card. Information, application form, authenticity and confidentiality responsibility letter, etc., apply to the marriage registration office, and can only be queried after examination,” Danying added.

    The database can be used a maximum of two times a year per user, and they may only search a maximum of two people.

    The Paper also reports that no one may copy or disseminate the information on the database, obtain illegal benefits from it, or use the information to cause damage to others. Those illegally or wrongfully using the service will be subject to legal consequences.

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