Civic groups welcomed the revision of the Civil Code that would waive the responsibility for victims of abuse to support their abusers.
“This is a great step forward in protection of domestic violence victims’ rights and in achieving a more just society,” Garden of Hope Foundation executive director Chi Hui-jung (紀惠容) told a news conference after the revision was passed.
Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly secretary-general Wu Yu-chin (吳玉琴) also voiced support.
Wu said that, under the old law, the government was unable to place elderly people with children in a shelter or offer them welfare assistance because the children would be required by the law to take care of them.
Meanwhile, the legislature also passed the Act Governing the Development of Cultural and Creative Industry (文化創意產業發展法), authorizing the government to request a budget for student art appreciation vouchers.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY LOA IOK-SIN