Domestic Violence

59 seek support at crisis centre

Fifty-nine people, including 20 men, have sought help at Hong Kong's first family crisis support centre in the two months since it opened.

Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 12:00am

14 children die in home violence

Fourteen children have been killed since the beginning of 2000 in homicides relating to domestic violence, the latest police figures have revealed.

The number of homicides related to domestic violence rose from 16 in 2000 to 28 last year. The number of children killed in the cases also increased from three to nine.

16 May 2002 - 12:00am

Welfare groups call for laws to improve plight of elderly abuse victims

Welfare groups have called for legislation against abuse directed at the elderly as they warned many victims do not file complaints.

Kris Tong Sung-man of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service said many elderly people did not know how to seek help. Others did not lodge complaints because they were abused by people who they depended on for financial support.

14 May 2002 - 12:00am

143 cases of elderly abuse

There were at least 143 cases of abuse of elderly people between October 1999 and February last year, lawmakers were told by the Health and Welfare Bureau. The majority were reported to have been abused by their children.

9 May 2002 - 12:00am

Government must do more to curb domestic violence

The South China Morning Post reported extensively in January on the horrific case of the father who killed two of his children and then himself. A third child survived, but was badly scarred, both physically and emotionally.

14 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

20 children burned as classmate hurls acid during fight

Thirteen children in Shanxi province were seriously disfigured and seven others suffered burns after a classmate hurled sulphuric acid over them.

8 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Violence blamed on economy

A women's shelter has blamed the economic downturn for accelerating domestic violence against women. The number of hotline calls requesting help jumped from 6,648 between 1999 and last year to 8,190 this year, according to figures by Harmony House, an asylum for abused women. The number of battering cases has also increased, from 1,689 to 2,370.

25 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

School siblings

JONATHAN SO CHUN-KIT and his elder brother Chun-sung share several common interests. They are both passionate about debates and basketball competitions, and are active in the student union. However, the fact that they both go to St Paul's Co-educational College occasionally makes Chun-kit feel awkward and embarrassed.

5 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Bedridden 86-year-old routinely beaten by wife

An 86-year-old bedridden man routinely beaten for 12 months by his wife of 50 years is among six highlighted abuse cases reported to Hong Kong's first service for protection of the elderly.

The case is the most serious since non-government welfare groups Caritas and Haven of Hope jointly launched the three-year, $6.2 million pilot programme on April 1.

14 May 2001 - 12:00am

More abused women seek hotline help

There has been a significant increase in reports of domestic abuse of women, the organisers of a help-line say.

The number of women seeking help from welfare group Harmony House's advice hotline in the 12 months to March was 20 per cent higher than in the same period of 1998-99. A record 6,648 calls were received.

24 May 2000 - 12:00am

Life was worse than death, says abuse victim

A battered wife who lived through several years of sexual abuse at the hands of her husband yesterday described her ordeal as 'worse than death'.

Sony, who was married for more than 10 years before divorcing her husband, said: 'He did not care about my feelings or wishes.

22 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Violent times

The psychology of violence makes entertainment on the one hand and serious cinema on the other. In both forms, though, it gives food for thought.

The science of killing is the topic of Discover Magazine: Born To Kill (World, 10pm). The first part of this seems like gratuitous entertainment: the tracking of a man who has killed at least 10 prostitutes in Rochester, New York.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Parents urged to brush up

Parents have been urged to take courses on how to get along with their children after a rising number of abuse cases in recent years.

Social Welfare Department senior social work officer Wong Yuk-tong said yesterday most cases were a result of parents being unable to communicate with children.

5 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Action urged as cases of wife-battering increase

An increase in wife-beating cases in the past six years has triggered calls for more government action to protect women from abusive husbands.

Social Welfare Department figures show there were 367 cases last year, compared with 204 in 1991.

27 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

North Point man hurt in acid attack

An attacker poured corrosive liquid over a 33-year-old man in Java Road as the man walked to his home in North Point Estate - the second such attack in a week.

The victim was taken to Eastern Hospital and was in a stable condition.

20 Aug 1998 - 12:00am