Family Therapy

Domestic blitz

In 2004, a woman and her twin daughters in Tin Shui Wai were stabbed to death by her husband, who then committed suicide. In November 2009, a court report in the South China Morning Post related how a wife was punched 10 times for refusing to have sex.

Sunday, 10 June, 2012, 12:00am

Marital disputes getting more violent

Violence between married couples may be falling steeply but the level of violence used has not. This is indicated by an increasing proportion of such cases that attract criminal charges.

While the number of cases overall has more than halved since 2007, the number of criminal cases has fallen by only about 25 per cent, according to the Social Welfare Department.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

When love turns to fear

The 10 minutes that Kim Lee spent clutching her three-year-old daughter while standing outside a Beijing police station on August 30 were the longest 10 minutes of her life. She felt torn about going in, but she knew it was necessary to stop living in fear.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Most abuse cases involve youngsters under 11, report shows

Children under the age of 11 continue to be the most vulnerable to child abuse in the city.

In announcing its annual statistics yesterday, Against Child Abuse said about 70 per cent of cases handled in the past year involved those under 11.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Where violence in home is just a private affair

'You knocked me to the floor. You sat on my back. You choked my neck with both hands and slammed my head into the floor. When I pried your hands from my neck you grabbed my hair and slammed my head into the floor 10 more times.'

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Quarter of wives are victims of abuse

Nearly a quarter of married women on the mainland have experienced some form of abuse in their marriages, with more than 5 per cent suffering from domestic violence, a survey has found.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Little girl's horrific abuse shames the nation

The latest case of child abuse to emerge in Guangdong is not easy to write about.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Child abuse cases on the rise

Desperate calls for help from children who have witnessed domestic violence or become its victim are increasing, according to an organisation that helps battered women.

Harmony House's youth hotline has received a lot more calls from children seeking help in recent years, which the organisation said should be a matter for concern.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Child abuse victims gain more support

The government has promised to keep allocating more resources to preventing child abuse, especially in such problem districts as Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A nation's reputation suffers a beating

Reeling from embarrassment at the damage done to its image, India has recalled a senior diplomat, Anil Verma, who was posted in the Indian High Commission in Britain, after he was arrested for allegedly beating his wife Paromita at their London home. Neighbours saw Paromita Verma running out of the house, her face bloodied, screaming for help.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Call to help abused children

Psychological abuse of children is not well recognised in the city, a children's help group says, and society should try its utmost to prevent such incidents. Against Child Abuse received 876 reports in the past year, in which 42 per cent were suspected cases and 33 per cent concerned child management.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Girl, 6, dies in fall from 37th floor as her mother shops

A six-year-old girl who fell from the window of her 37th-floor home in Fanling yesterday after being left alone, clung to a laundry rack on the 33rd floor screaming for help before plunging to her death.

A helper in a 34th-floor flat wept as she told how she had seen the girl, clad in pink pyjamas, hanging from the rack a floor below but had been unable to help her.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Months-old boy dies after multiple injuries

A 2 1/2-month-old boy, whose father was charged with ill-treatment and neglect after the boy was admitted to Ruttonjee Hospital earlier this month with multiple injuries, has died.

Police said a post-mortem examination would be carried out on Monday to identify the cause of death, and legal advice was being sought from the Department of Justice to amend the charge to murder.

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hypocrisy evident when it comes to homosexuality

Beneath its modern, multicultural exterior, Hong Kong remains strongly attached to traditional values. We are reminded of this by one of our exclusive private clubs. The Hong Kong Country Club has been serving a multicultural membership since 1962.

4 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Zero tolerance for child abuse

I am writing in response to the article 'Government urged to review child abuse ordinances' (South China Morning Post, November 20). Child abuse is an intolerable crime. Children are innocent, and should be protected by their parents. But in many cases of child abuse, the abuser is actually one of the child's parents.

2 Jan 2010 - 12:00am