September 26, 2008

Vietnam women break silence on domestic violence


HANOI (AFP) — Gripping her skull to ease a constant pounding headache, Lieu explains how she came to a decision that would have been unthinkable in Vietnam just a few years ago — to divorce her husband.

Speaking in a measured voice, her eyes steady, the 29-year-old from Hanoi recounted two years of living hell, of the abuse, humiliation and physical violence she suffered at the hands of her husband and his family.

Things turned bad soon after they married in 2006, she said, when he would come home, having spent his meager postman’s salary on alcohol, shout at her and then beat her — sometimes so badly she passed out.

“His punches tore the skin around my eyes,” she told AFP, sitting in...

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