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'As they're married, police said it was a family matter'

WHILE Shanghai women who are victims of domestic violence can go to a government shelter, women from outside the city receive less support.

One ayi from east China's Anhui Province is now trying to overcome the injuries inflicted by her alcoholic husband.

Her employer, a 50-year-old European, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was savagely beaten earlier this month.

He took photographs of bruising to the 45-year-old's face while she was in hospital.

The woman suffered concussion as a result of the attack and still has dizzy spells and is unable to work.

She has become frightened and introverted, said her employer, especially as her husband is still walking the streets.

"The police only kept her husband for half an hour for 'a talk' and then released him," he said.

"As they're married, police said it was a family matter."

The European was upset that the woman's husband was not detained and prosecuted.

"China needs legal reform to deal with domestic violence," he said, "The laws governing domestic violence, must be amended," he said.

The Shanghai Women's Federation explained that under Chinese Law, the husband could only be arrested if he caused "severe physical harm" to his wife.

The federation suggested women from outside of the city who suffer domestic abuse look to their neighborhood committee for help.


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