Domestic violence down for first time in six years


TAIPEI–The total number of domestic violence cases reported in Taiwan in 2011 decreased slightly for the first time in six years, according to government statistics published Saturday. A total of 104,315 cases were reported in 2011, which represented a 0.8-percent decline from 2010’s figure of 105,130, the Ministry of the Interior said.

Cases of domestic violence involving divorcees or adult partners accounted for 54.4 percent of total reported cases, with 24.7 percent involving children, 17.88 percent against “other individuals,” and 3.06 percent of violence against senior citizens, the ministry said. The ministry attributed the slight year-on-year decline to fewer domestic violence cases reported among adults, but added that the number of domestic child abuse cases has been increasing over recent years.

Domestic violence cases reported in marriages, civil partnerships or by divorcees numbered 56,734 cases in 2011, a decline of 10.9 percent compared to 2005, the ministry pointed out.