Domestic Violence

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Three Form Two schoolboys at Pak Kau College in Tin Shui Wai were found unconscious in a public park after a drug overdose. I think there is lack of teaching of morality in schools. Teenagers don't know how to behave well.

Monday, 15 June, 2009, 12:00am

Plan to cover gays in violence law blasted

Christian groups packed the Legislative Council yesterday and accused the government of failing to uphold family values.

Eighty-nine members of the community, most of them Christian, spoke at the public hearing on amendments to the Domestic Violence Ordinance, and only a few said they could accept a proposal to include homosexual couples in the law.

24 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Rise in abuse of aged among families

A charity has reported a 13 per cent rise in cases of elderly people being abused by family members. The charity, Against Elderly Abuse, said it had handled 1,780 cases last year compared to 1,570 in 2007. Cheating relatives out of money accounted for 615 of the incidents. The organisation also handled 520 cases involving theft and embezzlement at private homes for the elderly.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Greater care

The Department of Justice says that prosecutors will be more sensitive with cases of domestic violence. Do you agree that this was an area where there was room for improvement? Write to us.

29 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Family violence a case for the community

Tragedies arising from domestic violence never fail to shock. The deaths of a divorced mother and her two teenage children in Tsz Wan Shan provide a particularly sad example. We do not know enough details to draw any firm conclusions about whether the tragedy could have been anticipated or prevented.

28 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Domestic abuse protection extended

Victims who suffer abuse at the hands of former spouses or relatives will be able to seek the same court protection offered to couples from today when the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Ordinance takes effect. The law formerly only applied to people who were married or living together. The court can also require abusers to join anti-violence programmes.

1 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

First decline in cases of domestic violence

Cases of domestic violence dropped 3.9 per cent in the first half of this year, the first decline ever recorded in that category in Hong Kong.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Highlighting a hidden danger: elder abuse

After his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Mr Lee grew so frustrated with her violent outbursts that he contemplated ending it all - for both of them.

'I was very disturbed and strained as I needed to take care of her 24 hours a day,' Mr Lee, 69, said.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Crowded shelter for battered women cannot meet demand

A voluntary organisation that provides refuge for victims of domestic violence is turning away nearly six times as many applicants as it did six years ago amid a rise in the number of cases and a lack of shelter space.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Government must help people scarred by childhood trauma

I strongly agree with C. Gaia ('Physical and verbal child abuse knows no social boundaries', March 11) that we must stop child abuse in all forms - physical, verbal or emotional - if we are to tackle family violence at its root.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Play on violence close to heart of HK families

Violence is something Danielle Spencer grew up with. But the native of Toxteth, Liverpool, who teaches drama and confidence-building techniques in Hong Kong, hopes that she and her two cousins will be the first in her family to break a vicious circle that has gone on for generations.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Abuse of the elderly rising, group warns

A welfare group yesterday called for urgent action to help stop abuse of elderly people following a rise in its caseload of nearly 40 per cent.

Against Elderly Abuse handled 1,570 cases last year - an average of about four cases a day. This was 38 per cent more than the 1,136 cases in 2006.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Police called to 3,000 more family abuse cases last year

Commissioner reports 60pc rise in domestic violence calls

An average of 20 family abuse reports is filed every day, the police chief has revealed, reporting a worsening situation with almost 3,000 more cases seen last year than in the previous year.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Barriers to divorce put female migrant workers at risk

Female migrant workers on the mainland are particularly susceptible to domestic violence because they face greater difficulties in seeking legal assistance if they want to seek a divorce, a senior official of a women's group said yesterday.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


What do you think of the Jockey Club plan for Central Police Station?

Notwithstanding the circumstances in which the design was made and apparently 'accepted' by the government, I am opposed to the glass tower, which is planned as part of the Central Police Station project.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am