Amid the launch of the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence on Monday, the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation yesterday announced that the “Check in on Facebook for Ending Violence” campaign it initiated in June, Domestic Violence Prevention Month, has garnered about 100,000 supporters.
The campaign was launched by the foundation and the Taipei City Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the country’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act (家庭暴力防治法).
Foundation executive director Kang Shu-hua (康淑華) said the aim is to raise public awareness of violence in general and to encourage people to be a “friendly stranger” who can, when encountering violence against others, either stop the acts of violence directly or help the victim in other ways.
Twenty-four places have been set up by the group in Taipei for the public to check in on Facebook (www.endviolence.org.tw/map) to show their support for the anti-violence cause through the social network.
Center director Chang Mei-mei (張美美) said that as of last month, 4,832 cases of domestic violence had been reported in Taipei this year, of which 83.1 percent involved female victims and 15.7 percent male victims.
“Usually men who report violence seek legal assistance to protect their rights or to file for divorce, while women need assistance on multiple fronts, such as asylum, consultation or child custody,” said Chang, adding that there have also been a few cases of domestic violence involving gay couples.
However, the number of domestic violence cases has been decreasing, she said.
“What has been increasing is cases of violence involving children, with 2,528 cases so far this year, 126 more than in the same period last year,” she said.
“The increase can be seen as a result of rising awareness, as more people are taking action and reporting it when they hear children crying or parents scolding children loudly,” Chang said.