Domestic Violence

Social media contest invites controversy with violence against children theme

The original cartoon image Douban used to invite readers to submit captions for. Photo: SCMP

The principle of "spare the rod and spoil the child" remains entrenched in mainland parents, if a cartoon competition on a social network is anything to go by.

Wednesday, 1 January, 2014, 2:41am

Attacks against children are symptoms of an unhealthy society

A mother killed her child and then committed suicide at a flat in Taikoo Shing on January 8, 2013. Photo: SCMP

In Hong Kong, family violence and suicides are so common that their occurrence is often taken for granted. Occasionally, sensational cases, such as murder-suicides involving parents and children, manage to draw public attention to an array of social ills contributing to the tragedies. But the underlying issues are soon buried as new headlines emerge. The growing insensitivity among the public does not help to improve the situation.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am

Italian girl's murder spurs unanimous vote on anti-domestic-violence treaty

Fabiana Luzzi was stabbed and set on fire. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Italy's lower chamber of parliament ratified a European treaty against domestic violence as the country buried its latest woman murder victim: a 15-year-old girl stabbed and burned alive, allegedly by her boyfriend.

30 May 2013 - 2:48am

Family violence in Hong Kong mars reputation of a 'safe' city

A 29-year-old man allegedly killed his elderly parents and dismembered their bodies. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong is famously a safe city with a low murder rate. That gives an impression that all is well. Yet three apparently unrelated recent cases seem to tell a different story. They involve extreme violence and anger against family members, and they should not be dismissed as merely more instances of domestic violence.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

Police arrest 18-year-old and friend in Yuen Long over killing of father

Police collect evidence at the scene of the bloody incident. Photo: Edward Wong

The 18-year-old was arrested at his home in a Yuen Long village on suspicion of stabbing his father to death and attacking his mother. Police also arrested a 19-year-old friend of the man.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

Henan man slashes father, scalps mother in dispute over money

Screenshot of the hospitalised father of Zhou Moumou. Photo: SCMP Pictures

He violently attacked them with a knife on two seperate occasions, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Tuesday.

20 Feb 2013 - 2:04pm

South Africa's 'security villages' provide little protection for residents

Reeva Steenkamp was killed at one of the countless walled compounds that have sprung up over South Africa in recent decades. Photo: Corbis

In the end, kilometres of concrete walls, high-voltage wires and 24-hour security patrols were not enough to keep Reeva Steenkamp safe from harm.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:54am

Wife-beating has no place in modern China

Breaking a taboo

Chen Guihua, a 48-year-old grandmother, ekes out a living from a massage parlour in Tianjin, offering massage in the front room and sex in the back room. Her life as a "working girl" isn't a bed of roses but it is much better than her previous life - a battered wife living with an explosive husband, an experience she describes as "the 18th layer of hell".

15 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

A clear definition of domestic violence is needed to curb the crime

Li Yan

A law setting out a clear definition of domestic violence and its punishment is urgently needed on the mainland, as two cases remind us this month.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:54am

Li Yan one of thousands facing death or jail as abuse victims denied justice

Earlier intervention may have prevented Li Yan from killing her husband, women's rights groups say. Photo: SCMP

Li was sentenced to death in August 2011 for murdering her husband. Since the Supreme People's Court in Beijing approved her death sentence last month, hundreds have signed a petition to call for a halt of the execution.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:19am

Outcry over Sichuan woman's death sentence for killing abusive husband

More than 400 lawyers and women's rights activists have sent a petition letter to the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate calling for the reversal of a death sentence that was handed down to a Sichuan woman who killed her husband after suffering months of domestic violence.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment

Many domestic violence cases not reported: poll

Photo: SCMP

About one in four women in a recent survey said they had been victims of domestic violence, but fewer than one in 10 told police.

Also, 49 per cent of the respondents said they had been sexually harassed, but less than 3 per cent of them reported it.

24 Jan 2013 - 10:05am

China Digest, December 31, 2012

Lanzhou has begun operations of its first rapid transit line, a type of service that uses dedicated lanes and other features to improve the efficiency and reliability of buses, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:11am

Short Sport, December 27, 2012

A police mugshot of Ex-Braves star (L/R)Andruw Jones. Photos: AP, Reuters

Former Major League Baseball star centrefielder Andruw Jones was free on bond after being arrested in suburban Atlanta early on Tuesday on a battery charge, according to jail records.

28 Dec 2012 - 2:07am

Afghan women suffer despite progress on rights

Women in Afghanistan suffer abuse at the hands of men as attacks remain under-reported. Photo: AP

Afghanistan has made some progress in using the law to protect women against violence but many still suffer horrific abuse at the hands of men, a UN report said on Tuesday.

11 Dec 2012 - 4:55pm