The welfare chief says that serious cases of domestic violence may be investigated by committees made up of police, social workers and other related disciplines. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong told Legco yesterday that the government is considering the setting up of a 'post-event multi-disciplinary review committees' to come up with recommendations on how to avoid such abuse. A committee would become involved in cases in which family violence has caused serious injuries or deaths. Dr Yeoh was answering a question from Democratic legislator Law Chi-kwong, amid renewed concern over child abuse due to recent family violence cases. 'I have asked the director of social welfare to examine this proposal in the light of the recent events, and the related technicalities such as when and how such post-event committees should be convened ... including the need to ensure that the investigation conducted by police and any subsequent court proceedings would not be prejudiced during the process,' Dr Yeoh said. Concern over child abuse and family violence was heightened after a mother and her two daughters were stabbed to death in her Tin Shui Wai flat, hours after the mother went to the police for help. Women's groups criticised the police for failing to provide help to family violence victims. Dr Yeoh said the committees being considered would not only be useful for reviewing the cases, but also in helping various government departments share the experience and insights gleaned from examining the cases. The number of suspected child abuse cases reported to the police were 1,078, 1,044 and 1,028 in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively, while the number of child sexual abuse cases recorded by the Social Welfare Department are 152, 179 and 150 in the same three years respectively, it emerged from the Legco meeting yesterday.