and Health Services
Victims of family violence, sexual violence or child
abuse may approach a hospital/clinic in person or
by referral from various sources such as the Police,
social worker or other medical practitioner, etc.
The Hospital Authority (HA) adopts the multi-disciplinary
guidelines and approach developed by the Committee
on Child Abuse and Working Group on Combating Violence
and collaborates with various organizations and agencies
to provide holistic care to victims.
Accident & Emergency (A&E) Departments of
hospitals are common initial contact points of the
victims. When a victims of sexual violence, attends A&E Department
for emergency medical attention, the A&E Department
will as far as possible assign a nursing staff as
the contact person for the case. The nursing staff
- assist with arrangement for medical examination
or interview of the victim at a place that can ensure
- coordinate and facilitate arrangement within
hospital and inter-agency communication.
For victims of sexual violence, A&E Department provides urgent
medical services. HA designated clinics will also
provide follow up medical services to the victims.
For victims of child abuse, A&E Department provides
immediate medical examination and treatment. Victims
are recommended to be admitted to the Department of
Paediatrics for comprehensive in-patient services
such as a more detailed medical examination and continual
care. A Medical Coordinator on Child Abuse from the
hospital will take care of the victim.
Victims with special needs may be referred to clinical
psychologists or psychiatrists for continual care.
Besides medical treatment, hospitals/A&E Department
introduce available social services to victims so
that they can receive social assistance as soon as
HA website: http://www.ha.org.hk