The All China Women’s Federation (ACWF) has released a study that finds that domestic violence complaints were up 70% last year. The study also found that women who migrated from rural to urban areas were more likely to have experienced personal violence.
“A survey conducted by the ACWF in 2006 showed that 11.6 percent of the female respondents in rural areas said they had fought with their husbands during the previous year, while the proportion rose to 13.5 percent concerning women who came from the countryside but are now working in the cities.
“Female migrant workers are restricted in accessing legal assistance as they are constantly on the move,” Jiang said. “For example, divorce is more costly for them in China to use as a way to escape from family violence than women from urban areas.””