The term “domestic violence” is used to denote the physical or emotional spousal abuse. It is a repeated abusive act or behavior by one spouse directed to another who is in an intimate relationship. Physical abuses include beating or hitting of the victim while motional abuse include threats directed to the victim meant to intimidate him or her which leaves the victim living in psychological distress(Bolin, 1).
In china, the vice is on the increase prompting an online campaign against domestic violence. Most of those supporting the campaign agree that there is no legislative support for the victims of domestic violence. This makes the victims afraid or ashamed of speaking it out. (Bolin, 1).
Ribbons argue that the vice is witnessed in more than thirty percent of families in china. This is partly because China lacks legislation that protects domestic violence victims or even defining what constitutes the vice. Also, the fact that as a matter of tradition, it was normal for men to beat their wives; a practice encouraged by mothers-in-law, contribute to the spread of domestic violence. Drunkenness is as well a probable cause of domestic violence. Though many women have been victims of the vice, there is no openness in saying it in the public (Ribbons, 23).
According to Ribbons, the case of Kim Lee brought to the light the fact that most Chinese Women are persevering in their intimate relationships. An online discussion prompted by this case revealed that over forty two percent of women had been victims of this vice (Ribbons, 23).
Nevertheless, Ribbons asserts that increased women economic independence, changed attitudes of men these days, high cases of divorce and increases teachings on domestic violence have contributed to the revelation of what is actually going on in marital relationships. The vice is likely to reduce with increased activism and the drafting of a national law against domestic violence in china (Ribbons, 23).
Domestic violence refers to the abuse inflicted on an intimately related partner like those in a marriage relationship. It can either the physical abuse which involve beating or emotional/psychological that involve threats of violence. This vice is caused by a number of factors including but not limited to traditional beliefs that women ought to be beaten by their husbands, drunkenness and lack of laws that prohibit the vice or that protects the victims of domestic violence. Increased sensitization of the existence of the vice and a drive to change men’s attitude towards women can significantly reduce cases of domestic violence.