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Shelter's here, but where are victims?

THE city's anti-domestic violence aid center, opened two weeks ago, so far hasn't received any victims, the center's officials said yesterday.

The Shanghai Women's Federation said it's likely some women were unwilling to expose their private affairs of the family.

Their fear is unfounded, said Ge Yingmin, director of the federation's rights and interests department.

"In fact, the center will not reveal their affairs to the public," Ge said.

Meanwhile, the federation is trying to raise awareness of the problem of "cold violence" - couples ignoring each other, mocking each other, or quarrelling.

"If common violence is physical abuse, the cold violence is mental maltreatment," Ge said.

A survey carried out by the federation has shown that 88 percent of the couples in Shanghai would choose to neglect each other when having a dispute.

Ge Shannan, a lawyer who has dealt with divorce cases for 27 years, gave a recent case as an example.

The wife said the husband indulged in online games, and when she asked him something, he would not say a word for an hour.


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