November, 29 2013 08:53:00

Domestic violence measures fall flat

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HA NOI (VNS) — The enforcement of the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control had met with difficulties due to migration and a lack of information.

The remark was made by Hoa Huu Van, deputy director of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Department of Family at a conference on Monday.

The law was put into effect in 2008, and different agencies and organisations have conducted various measures based on the law, including dissemination, consultancy and mediation.

However, the country did not have enough professional consultants to make people aware of the law, and those that were informed not really understand, said Van.

The law did not include the punishment procedures for people who violated it, leaving authorities confused.

The shortage of expertise also led to late support for victims of domestic violence.

Culture, shows and arts were good ways of informing people about the law, but they were not used enough.

Advice was mainly issued based on experience, which was not very effective, he said.

Many people who were sent to counselling also moved houses so the process was disrupted.

Van said a regulation should be issued on interdisciplinary co-ordination so that different agencies could work together to reduce domestic violence.

Information about alcohol addiction should also be spread as statistics showed that more than 80 per cent of divorces were caused by alcoholic husbands who beat their wives.

Counselling should be made available for couples in need, he said.

Associate Professor Nguyen Huu Minh, director of the Institute of Family and Gender, added that men and boys should be encouraged to work as counsellors.

National data on gender violence should be collected as a foundation for policies and programmes in the future, he said.

The conference was organised in Ha Noi as part of the country's campaign to end violence against women and girls which will run until December 10. — VNS

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