Enforcing China’s domestic violence law is an uphill battle

This month marks the fifth anniversary of China’s landmark national domestic violence law. Advocates say that making it actually work for survivors of domestic abuse is an uphill battle.

A new pop song is raising awareness about the struggle. When Chinese pop star Tan Weiwei released her single, “Xiao Juan,” in December, it shocked people. Pop songs in China usually don’t take on difficult topics, but “Xiao Juan,” or “Jane Doe,” put the spotlight on something that often gets pushed under the carpet — domestic violence.

The lyrics reference horrific stories of abuse that have made headlines in recent years in China before leading to a chorus: “Erase our names, forget us, the same tragedy repeats itself over and again.”


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