City in China to Let People Getting Married See Partner’s Abuse History

A city in eastern China is introducing a system that lets people getting married check if their partner has a history of abuse.

Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, is launching an inquiry service that will be available to residents from July 1.

People who are arranging to get married will just fill out a form to see if their partners have any history of violence, “either between family members or during cohabitation.” They also need to provide a formal ID and personal information on the person they are set to marry. One person can make a maximum of two inquiries a year.

The Domestic Violence Register database will begin by using information provided by courts and public security organs from 2017 onwards.

Law professor Han Jin says this system “protects a person’s right to be informed about the personality of their significant other before tying the knot.” It was also praised on social media, with many calling for a nationwide roll out.

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