Domestic violence falls
About 1.4 percent of women nationwide were victims of domestic violence from July 2010 to June last year, down slightly from 1.7 percent five years ago, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by the Ministry of the Interior. Among the victims, 1.2 percent suffered psychological abuse, while 0.5 percent suffered physical abuse, the survey showed. Ministry official said the results were consistent with statistics compiled by the ministry which indicate a slight decrease in reported cases of domestic violence last year. The ministry surveys women aged 15 to 64 every three to five years to determine their work, marriage, finance, family and personal situations. The latest survey was conducted in June last year and involved 6,455 women, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.22 percentage points.
Hemophiliacs get better care
People suffering from hemophilia in New Taipei City (新北市) have access to better care since the city’s first hemophilia center was opened earlier this year, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital said yesterday. The center provides consultation services and medical care for hemophiliacs in New Taipei City and Taipei, said Chao Tsu-yi (趙祖怡), chief of the hospital’s Department of Hematology and Oncology. Before the center was set up, hemophiliacs in New Taipei City had to go to hospitals in Taipei City for treatment, Chao said. “Traveling is particularly inconvenient for injured hemophiliacs,” because they require injections of blood clotting agents immediately to help stop the bleeding, he added. According to the hospital, there are about 1,300 hemophiliacs in the country, 600 of whom live in the Greater Taipei area.
Taiwan to donate rice
The nation will donate 10,850 tonnes of milled rice this year for international famine relief under a food-aid project, the Council of Agriculture said. So far this year, eight applications have been approved for overseas food aid and 8,700 tonnes of milled rice will be delivered via the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce, the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation and the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps for delivery to countries affected by food shortages, the council said. Another 2,150 tonnes of milled rice will be donated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Christian charity World Vision Taiwan for food relief, the council said.
US diplomat to visit
A senior US diplomat is to visit the nation this month, officials said yesterday, as Taipei looks to resume free-trade talks with Washington after relaxing a six-year-old ban on some US beef imports. US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez will visit Taiwan on Sunday and meet President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement. Although resuming the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), which has been dormant since 2007 because of a beef import dispute, was not officially on the table, the timing of the visit has sparked attention. The legislature, controlled by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), last week passed a bill to amend a law that had barred imports of US beef containing a growth drug used in animal feed to promote lean meat. Washington had described the beef dispute as the biggest barrier to the stalled trade negotiations.