Ninety-six percent of female victims of life-threatening domestic violence and their supporters say a law to prevent such acts should be drawn up, a survey by a women’s group showed Saturday.
The poll covered 193 women, of whom about 30 percent were victims of violence by their partners and 70 percent staff or advisers at shelters for victims. It was conducted last year by National Women’s Shelter Net, a nongovernmental support group for such victims.
According to the survey, 186 respondents said a preventive law is necessary.
The survey asked for legal measures that should be improved in the areas of police, the courts, the medical system and public administration. The respondents were given multiple choices.
For police, 40 percent of respondents said the force should establish a system to protect victims, while 37 percent cited the need for an immediate response to an emergency call from a victim.
Some 26 percent said they want a system by which they could seek advice prior to a possible incident of severe violence.
As for the courts, 36 percent said an injunction against access to victims by their attacker is necessary, while 36 percent called for consideration for victims’ safety after a divorce is settled in a court.
On the medical system, 38 percent want medical institutions dealing with battered women to report incidents to related organizations. Many respondents said doctors should be required to file incident reports to police in such cases or give information to shelters for the victims.
In addition, 30 percent said medical institutions need to provide counseling systems.
In the area of public administration, 56 percent said the national and local governments should provide aid for victims to enable them to secure housing and employment, while 45 percent said the current residency registration system should be improved as attackers can easily find their victims’ whereabouts by getting access to their registration card.