Country China
Year 2003
Type of Measure Violence against women > Regulations, Justice > Protocols and guidelines
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


Under the provisions of Article 11 of the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Legal Aid, in criminal cases of violence against women, from the date a victim's case is accepted for hearing by the People's Court, a victim who does not have an agent ad litem because of financial difficulty may apply to a legal assistance agency for legal assistance, and receive the services of a lawyer appointed by the legal assistance agency free of charge.

On the basis of information provided by the Legal Aid Centre of the Ministry of Justice, the implementation rules for the Regulations on Legal Aid currently applied in Beijing, Shanghai, and the provinces of Hebei, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang all include domestic violence cases within the scope of legal assistance provided by those localities. The implementation rules for the Regulations on Legal Aid currently applied in the provinces of Jilin, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hainan, Shanxi, and Qinghai include cases of violent interference with the freedom of marriage within the scope of legal assistance provided by those localities. The implementation rules for the Regulations on Legal Aid currently applied in Guangdong province classify all cases involving the protection of women and children as within the scope of legal assistance provided in that locality.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of China to the questionnaire on violence against women, January 2009