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Sex-Disaggregated Data

I: Violent Crimes (including sexual intercourses by force)

The number of female victims under violent crimes in 2001 is 10,862 at 69.27%, a 41.2% increase from 2000.  Which is to say that 99 out of each 100,000 women were assaulted, which is far higher then 42 of men.

The victims were mostly under robbery or sexual intercourses by force.  The number of former is 6,936, or 87.0% of the total victims in such crime.  The number of female victims of sexual intercourses by force is 2,132, or 96.7% of the total victims in such crime and among which, 65.9% of them were under 18.


Sources:1. National Police Agency, Ministry of Interior
            2. Study on Comparisons with Foreign Countries of Statistics on Sexes and Living Status of Women in Taiwan, p. 60

The number of female suspects involved in violent crimes was merely 535 in 2001, or 5.84% in the total suspects; i.e., less than 6 out of each 100 suspects were women while close to 70 out of each 100 victims were women.

Sources:1. Statistics on Criminal Crimes in Taiwan and Fujian Areas
             2. Analysis on Current Human Rights of Women in Taiwan—Difficulties and Thoughts of Future under the Mixture of Role of Women and Globalization, p. 110

II Family Violence

1. Overall Women

According to the investigations by Ministry of Interior in 1998, the rate of women with spouses under husbands’ violence is 3.3% with 2.9%, 3.5% and 3.9% in northern, middle and southern Taiwan respectively.

The total victims of domestic violence reported in 2002 is 36,590 with 4,711 men and 31,879 women.

Sources:Statistics by Ministry of Ministry of Interior

From the implementation of Domestic Violence Prevention Act in June 1999 up to end of July 2002, among the total 40,000 protection order applications, there were 8,673 applications in the first year, 11,789 in the second and the number jumped to 12,600 in the third year.

Sources:Monthly of Budget Accounting and Statistics, July 2003, p. 19

Between June 1999 and July 2002, among the applications for protection orders, 72.94% were for general, 24.64% for regular and temporary protection and 2.41% for urgent temporary protection.  94.46% of the applicants were women and 5.54% were men.

Sources:Monthly of Budget Accounting and Statistics, July 2003, p. 20

Among the women under violence, 25.5% and 22.3% were women aged between 31- 35 and 30-40.  43.6% of them had monthly incomes between NT$15,000 and 30,000, followed by housewives and women without regular jobs with monthly incomes under NT$15,000 (35.1%).  This indicates that women tend to get hurt under violence during marriage/birth periods and under economic inferiority.


Sources: Monthly of Budget Accounting and Statistics, July 2003, p. 22

Among the content of protection orders, “Prohibition against Illegal Inroads,” “Prohibition against Communications,” and “Coercion of Staying Away” were of 99.57%, 84.34% and 38.26% followed by 9.04% of performing the rights and duties for minor children.

47.30% of overall victims were “confident” and “very confident” on the execution of the police of protection ordes in 1999; 45.70% and 17% were “a little confident” and “not confident at all.”  Among which, women were more confident (48.40%) than men (25%).

After the implementations of Act of Protection against Sexual Assault in 1997 and Act of Domestic Violence Prevention in 1999, number of these two cases was rising yearly.  On the one hand, it indicates the seriousness of the issues while on the other hand, women were better aware and knew to seek for help.

2. Aborigines Women

The number of aborigine women under violence is 610 in 2002 and 848 in 2003 with 259 in Taiyal, 195 Amis and 104 Bunon.

From the investigations on the female human rights of aborigines in 1999 based on the total scores of 5, women safety scored 2.83, which failed along with 2.69 of work and 2.84 of freedom.  Only 3.04 of family and 3 of education passed.

3. Foreign and Mainland Chinese Spouses

The total number of domestic violence reported in 2003 is 31,660 with 874 mainland Chinese wives and 816 foreign wives.  Of the latter, 503 are from Vietnam, followed by 164 from Indonesia.

III: Sexual Harassment

According to the statistics of Sexual Harassment Commission, Ministry of Interior in 2001, more than 6,400 cases of sexual harassment were reported.  Also from “Sexual in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan—Why Is the Number Highest in Taiwan?” by Shi Zhi-xiong in Reader’s Digest in December 2003, 38.10% of women in Taiwan, 31% in Hong Kong and 31.20% in Shanghai were sexually harassed and, despite of where they were, more than 60% of them were harassed by strangers.


Sources: Reader’s Digest, December 2003

From the cases reviewed by Employment Discrimination Commission of Bureau of Labor, Taipei City in December 2003, in the past 8 years since October 1995 up to December 2003, discrimination on pregnancy ranked top (103), followed by sexual harassment (22).  After the Gender Equality in Employment Law was passed, the statistic data from Evaluation Commission on Works for Two Sexes in Taipei City showed that, between March 2002 and November 2003, discrimination on pregnancy ranked top (16), followed by discrimination on recruitment (10) and sexual harassment (6).  The discrimination on recruitment included men although not specified on the statistics.

From the cases reviewed by Employment Discrimination Commission of Bureau of Labor, Taipei County in December 2002, discrimination on pregnancy ranked top (46) in the past year, followed by sexual harassment (16).  Again, from the cases received by Review Commission on Sexual Harassment Pleading in Taipei County, a total of 33 cases were received between March 2001 and December 2002; 7 cases were concluded with 19 not concluded.

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