|Q:||What is Marital Violence?|
|A:||¡@¡@Marital Violence is also called spouse abuse, wife assault, wife beating, wife abuse, etc. Such behavior often occurs in married couple, or people in intimate relationship, whether they live together or not.
¡@¡@Most victims of marital violence are women, but we lack precise statistics to manifest its severity in Taiwan. According to the investigation of the Ministry of Interior on 3,475 Taiwan women in 1993, 1% of them experienced spouse abuse. In 1990, the Social Sction of Taiwan Province Government interviewed 2,000 Taiwan women in which 81.9% are married. The interview showed that 11.5% of married women are sometimes beated by their husbands, and 1% experience spouse abuse very often. However, the "1994 Report on Taiwan Women's Living Status" compiled by Taiwan Province Government pointed out that numbers of the abused married women have been increased to 17.8%. According to the 1996 report of Northern Women's Welfare Center of the Bureau of Social Affairs of Taipei City Government, from 1992 to 1996, they receiveed 3,019 women's phone calls for help with respect to marital violence each year. Based on this report, there are approximately 15,000 to 17,000 abused women each year in Taipei City.
|Q:||Forms of Marital Violence?|
These behaviors are to isolate the victim from the society, to decrease the victim's self-confidence and loosing the ability to seek help from her family, friends, and social service resources, and to manipulate the victim.
|Q:||What is Child Abuse/Teenagers Abuse?|
|A:||Child/teenagers abuse refers to chidlren under 12 or teenagers between 12 and 18 who sufer physical or psychological damage by their parents or custodians because of their carelessness and intented abusive behavior.|
|Q:||Forms of Abuse on Child and Teenagers?|
¡@¡@Legal action against child abuse has been included in the revised Children Welfare Law, items 15, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34 in Feburary, 1993. Youth Welfare Law announced in January, 1989, principle 9 also loosely defines the power of intervention of local government in the youth abuse when a teenager's parents, adoptive parents, or custodians desert or sell the teenager by intention, or force or allure the teenager into inappropriate vocation or obscene behavior. From the perspective of the law, the Child Welfare Law is more complete than the Youth Welfare Law.
|Q:||Is the child/teenager abuse very serious?|
|A:||We may explain this by taking Taipei City as an example. Statistics of the Bureau of Social Affairs in 1995 shows that there are 587 reported cases about child/teenagers abuse. Table|
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