Beijing Yuanzhong Gender Development Center
Supporting survivors of domestic violence through training
Founded by Li Ying, a leading lawyer specialized in women’s rights, the Beijing Dongcheng Yuanzhong Family & Community Development Service Center is one of China’s foremost support centers for survivors of domestic violence. In addition to on-site offerings, the center has launched digital training, ensuring that vital information remains accessible to a greater number of domestic violence survivors. The online courses will connect women to the knowledge needed to rebuild their lives – from defining domestic violence to identifying relevant legal and social aid and healing psychological trauma and establishing support networks.
As a member of the Kering Foundation’s community of social entrepreneurs, the Beijing Dongcheng Yuanzhong Family & Community Development Service Center was selected by a jury of professionals and experts to receive support from the Kering Foundation, including a 6-month incubation program, professional mentoring, and access to the Kering Foundation’s network . The center will earn revenue through course fees charged to professional organizations and individuals. For women of limited socio-economical means, special fares will be applied. Over time, these expected revenues will gradually cover course costs.
Beijing Dongcheng Yuanzhong Family & Community Development Service Center reaches 1,000 women per year across China.
“There are three sources to my motivation: first, a large number of potential victims in China has made me realize that domestic violence is common in this country and must be addressed. Second, by consulting and dealing with lawsuits, I've seen the irreparable harm caused by domestic violence to both families and victims. Last but not least, a two-year pilot project I ran with a similar approach proved to make a true impact on the lives of victims.”
Li Ying, Women’s Protection Lawyer & Founder of Beijing Yuanzhong Gender Development Center