Domestic Violence

Prevention the priority in family violence cases

The deaths of Kim Shuk-ying, her children and her husband could have been prevented. It is this unpalatable fact that makes the loss of this family so tragic.

Tuesday, 6 September, 2005, 12:00am

Legal system needs to change, says professor

A legal framework aimed at repairing troubled relationships instead of turning to prosecutions should be introduced to deal with escalating family violence, a criminologist said.

There was little room for healing and reconciliation in the legal system, said Dennis Wong Sing-wing, an associate professor in the department of applied social studies at City University.

2 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Social Welfare Department 'has not done enough'

A member of the panel set up after the tragedy said the Social Welfare Department had not done enough to implement its recommendations on handling cases of domestic violence.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Mainland is facing up to the scourge of domestic violence

A wife told the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court last Tuesday that she killed her husband because she could no longer stand being beaten by him. The next day, another Guangzhou woman allegedly chopped three of her live-in boyfriend's children to take revenge for years of battering at his hands.

8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Most abuse cases are not reported

HKU survey finds one in five families have experienced domestic violence and one in three children are victims

A 'shocking' discrepancy exists between actual levels of domestic violence and the number of cases reported, a survey indicates.

5 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Children unaware of family violence: poll

Most children polled in an Against Child Abuse survey displayed a lack of awareness and understanding about family violence.

Only 40 per cent of the 2,302 upper primary children surveyed would ask for help the first time family violence occurred.

15 May 2005 - 12:00am

More help urged for abuse victims

Law Society looks at legal reform on family violence

Victims of family violence need more legal assistance and protection, the Law Society said yesterday.

The society told a Legislative Council panel meeting it was reviewing the Domestic Violence Ordinance, including the power of arrest and an extension of the validity of injunction orders.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Trigger for murder-suicide revealed

Only 39pc of offenders had jobs and a third were in debt, research shows

Financial hardship and unemployment may have increased the risk of murder-suicides in Hong Kong, according to a study by the University of Hong Kong.

Some of the findings, unveiled at a seminar at the university, were based on a study of all 73 cases of murder-suicide between 1989 and 2001.

10 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Police initiative to tackle family violence

Police chiefs are to put a senior officer in each district in charge of handling domestic disputes as part of government efforts to prevent family tragedies.

From next month, each of the 13 districts will have an officer of at least inspector rank in charge of investigating cases of domestic violence and reviewing old cases.

9 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Tin Shui Wai time bomb must be defused

The killing of a mother and her two young daughters in Tin Shui Wai earlier this year raised disturbing questions about Hong Kong's ability to tackle serious social problems - especially domestic violence.

This week, a report published by an independent panel of inquiry has revealed how numerous and complex those problems are.

24 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Health Minister announces new measures to address domestic violence

Updated at 2.39pm: Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said on Tuesday the bureau would deploy more resources to districts that reported higher levels of domestic violence.

His comments came a day after an independent group reported its investigation into the murder-suicides of a Tin Shui Wai family in April.

23 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Acid attacks

A burns specialist has called for tougher penalties for assault using corrosive chemicals. Throwing acid into someone's face is just as bad as shooting them, he says. Do you agree? Share your views: write

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15 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Doctor urges tougher penalties for acid attacks

Throwing corrosive agent on a person's face is just as bad as taking a gun and shooting them, says burns specialist

A burns specialist has called for tougher sentences on people who carry out assaults using corrosive chemicals, after seeing a surge in the number of patients admitted to hospital with serious burns.

14 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Abused minority women more helpless, says shelter

Battered wives from minority groups are more helpless than Chinese women mainly because of the language barrier and cultural differences, a shelter for battered spouses warned yesterday.

6 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Working together to tackle violence

Australia is experimenting with a more integrated approach to handling domestic violence, with police, emergency services and the courts undergoing specialised training.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward was in Hong Kong last month briefing the Equal Opportunities Commission and Women's Commission on the country's approach to domestic violence.

25 Oct 2004 - 12:00am