Development of Responsive Social Policy in Addressing the Needs of Abused Women in China

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Literature has documented that the prevalence of women abused by intimate partners ranges between 43% and 22.6% in China (Wu, Guo, & Qu, 2005; Xu and associates, 2005). This is comparable to the some developed countries such as Canada and the US with respect to the severity of women abuse (Garcia-Moreno, 2002). Abuse of women creates tremendous social costs to the society such as women’s suffering of physical injuries and mental health problems that require medical treatment or even hospitalization. Women who leave abusive relationships with dependent children are more likely than single men to live in poverty (Meisel, Chandler, & Rienzi, 2003). Children who grow up in abusive families may suffer other health or mental health problems such as social withdrawal, learning disabilities, and acting out behaviors (Lundy & Grossman, 2005). Abuse of women is a significant social problem that requires adequate, accessible, and effective prevention and intervention. In China, the National People’s Congress endorsed violence against women as violating women’s right and promulgated legislation amendment on the Women Right and Protection Bill in June 2003 (Wing, 2005). The Labor and Social Security Department has led other government departments together with the All-China Women’s Federation, a quasi government organization established to coordinate women’ programs in relation to gender equality and women’s well-being, in establishing legal aid centers in 23 provinces across China for women who seek legal advice; and delivering public education on gender equality (Wing, 2005). However, the authors and associates have conducted a recent study with abused women and service providers in Guangzhou, China. Results of this study indicate that some needs of abused women have not been well addressed. This paper presents the needs of abused women and discusses implications for the development of responsive social policy in addressing the needs of abused women.


Keywords: Women Abuse, Social Policy
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Siu Ming Kwok

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, King's University
London, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Dora M.Y. Tam

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, King's University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada
London, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Yuk-chung Chan

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, China


Dr. Agnes, K.C. Law

Professor, Department of Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University
Guangzhou, China


Lixia Ma

MSW Candidate, Department of Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University
Guangzhou, China


Ref: I08P0131