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China’s legal system is lenient toward domestic violence because it is still seen as a private problem and a less serious crime

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
lthough China adopted a new domestic violence law last year, social attitudes that blame the victim or treat abuse as a lesser crime or even normal behavior persist.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.