Parched Homes

A multimedia exploration of domestic violence against women in China

Domestic violence erodes the moral and ethical fiber of society at large. Between a quarter and two thirds of women in China are subject to domestic violence in one form or another, according to the Anti-Domestic Violence Network in China. While domestic violence afflicts the whole of society, and can affect any member of a family, it often targets the most vulnerable; women and children.

Combatting domestic violence is at the heart of gender equality and women empowerment. . Despite the fact Taiwan and Hong Kong have enacted laws preventing spousal violence, Mainland China has no national legislation to protect victims of abuse and bring perpetrators to justice yet.

Family issues or intimate relations are normally seen as private matters in China. Patriarchy is deeply rooted in both men and women’s behaviors. At the same time, abused women have limited choices but to endure. How to prevent and respond to domestic violence is still unclear for families, friends and the communities.

[Parched homes] is an attempt bring together women experienced by domestic violence, allowing them to share their thoughts, feelings and opinions in the hope their testimony will help raise awareness of this endemic problem.

[Parched homes] is an attempt to break through the stereotype that Chinese women are passive victims, oblivious to their rights and show, through their courageous stories, that they are willing to stand up and seek a change.

[Parched homes] is an attempt to showcase the work by activists, civil society, international organizations to fight against violence against women in various ways. It advocates for national legislation, and better social structure to prevent and respond to domestic violence in China.