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Is a fine on domestic violence a solution?

Update: November, 06/2015 - 10:18

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Is a fine on domestic violence a solution?

Despite both community-level and government efforts, domestic violence remains a widespread issue. One measure taken by lawmakers to curb the incidence of violence in the home was the passing of an administrative penalty.

If domestic violence happens, and is brought before the law, the abuser will have to pay a fine.

However, as most domestic violence is perpetrated by the husband, and in Vietnamese culture husbands and wives pool their resources, it turns out the wife may also suffer the monetary penalty.

The position held by most legal experts is that the measure does not work well in reality. Many suggested that the violators do community work such as tree planting, sewage dredging for days or even months to learn a lesson or at least dissuade them from repeating violence.

What do you think about the current monetary penalty in Viet Nam? Do you think it can really prevent domestic violence? Do you have any experience or stories to share with us about what a feasible solution might be?

How is domestic violence dealt with in your country? How are women protected by the law from domestic violence in your country?

Please reply by email to opinion@vnsmail.com or by fax to (84-4) 3 9933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be received by Thursday morning, November 12, 2015. — VNS


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