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Number of domestic violence cases in first nine months rises: MOI

Number of domestic violence cases in first nine months rises: MOI

Taipei, Nov 14 (CNA) The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Saturday that 65,359 cases of domestic violence were reported in the first nine months of 2009, an increase of 5,056 cases, or 8.4 percent from the same period last year.
The main reason behind the increase was the number of cases of violence between spouses, former spouses or cohabitants rose by 2,826 compared to last year, the ministry said.
Of the cases reported from January to September this year, 38,185 cases, or 58.4 percent, involved violence between spouses, former spouses or cohabitants; and 12,729 cases, or 19.5 percent, concerned violence against children or teenagers. Another 1,977 cases, or 3. 02 percent, involved assaults on the elderly.
Among these categories, only the number of abuse cases against children or teenagers was down from the same period of last year.
Nearly 76 percent of the 61,856 domestic violence victims in the first nine months of this year were women. Female victims between 30 and 50 years old accounted for nearly 50 percent of the total female victims, according to the statistics.
The statistics also showed that hospitals and police remain the two most important sources of information about domestic violence, with 38 percent of cases reported from police stations, and 37.8 percent from hospitals, while 14 percent were from the 113 women and children's protection hot line.
In 2008, a total of 79,874 domestic violence cases were reported, up from 72,606 cases in 2007, and 66,635 cases in 2006.
(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2021-12-08 13:54 GMT+08:00