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- Services for Prevention and Handling of Elder Abuse

 

Services for Prevention and Handling of Elder Abuse

 

Some of the social service units serving elderly persons, such as District Elderly Community Centres and Neighbourhood Elderly Centre etc. provide public education on prevention of elder abuse to enhance the elders and their family members' understanding on this problem and encourage the elders and their family members to seek early assistance in case of need.

Besides, the government and non-governmental welfare units providing casework services, such as District Elderly Community Centres and Integrated Family Service Centres etc. will provide appropriate services for the elderly victims and their family members (including the abusers) to protect the elderly persons and to prevent the recurrence of elder abuse. 

 

Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases (Revised 2021)

To unify the definition and equip various professionals with clear procedural guidelines on handling suspected elder abuse cases, Social Welfare Department has published and updated 'Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases' ('Procedural Guidelines') in December 2003 and 2006 respectively, which aim to provide reference materials and procedures for different organisations and personnel in handling suspected elder abuse cases.  In view of development of welfare services, the 'Procedural Guidelines' have been updated in 2019 and 2021.  The latest version was renamed as 'Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases (Revised 2021)' and can be downloaded here:

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The Domestic Violence Ordinance (Cap. 189) has been amended as 'Domestic and Cohabitation Relationships Violence Ordinance' (Cap. 189) with effect from 1 January 2010.  The abused elders may also apply under the Domestic and Cohabitation Relationships Violence Ordinance (Chapter 189) to the court for an injunction order against molestation by their spouses, children or other relatives as specified in that Ordinance.


 

Chapter 11 Appendices I - III : Reporting Guidelines, Flowchart and Data Input Form for the 'Central Information System on Elder Abuse Case'

To facilitate the professionals to report cases to the 'Central Information System on Elder Abuse Cases' and have a better understanding on the definition of elder abuse, Social Welfare Department has further revised the Chapter 11 Appendices I - III : Reporting Guidelines, Flowchart and Data Input Form for the 'Central Information System on Elder Abuse Cases' of the 'Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases' in 2019.  The revised Chapter 11 Appendices I - III can be downloaded here :

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Statistics on Elder Abuse Cases

Based on the information collected by the Central Information System on Elder Abuse Cases, the statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases for the period from January to December 2021 are as follows:

Type of Abuse and Incident Being or Not Reported to Police 
 
 Type of Abuse Reported to Police Not Reported to Police Total
No. of Cases %

No. of
Cases

% No. of Cases %
 Physical abuse 265 74.0% 59 63.4% 324 71.8%
 Psychological abuse 33 9.2% 13 14.0% 46 10.2%
 Neglect 0 0.0% 2 2.2% 2 0.4%
 Financial abuse 31 8.7% 0 0.0% 31 6.9%
 Abandonment 0 0.0% 1 1.1% 1 0.2%
 Sexual abuse 11 3.1% 2 2.2% 13 2.9%
 Others 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Multiple abuse 18 5.0% 16 17.2% 34 7.5%
 Total 358 100.0% 93 100.0% 451 100.0%


Type of Abuse and Sex of Elderly Person Being Abused (Total) 

 Type of Abuse Male Female Total
No. of Cases %

No. of
Cases

% No. of Cases %
 Physical abuse 142 76.8% 182 68.4% 324 71.8%
 Psychological abuse 19 10.3% 27 10.2% 46 10.2%
 Neglect 1 0.5% 1 0.4% 2 0.4%
 Financial abuse 10 5.4% 21 7.9% 31 6.9%
 Abandonment 1 0.5% 0 0.0% 1 0.2%
 Sexual abuse 3 1.6% 10 3.8% 13 2.9%
 Others 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Multiple abuse 9 4.9% 25 9.4% 34 7.5%
 Total 185 100.0% 266 100.0% 451 100.0%


Type of Abuse and Sex of Elderly Person Being Abused (Incident Being Reported to Police) 

 Type of Abuse Male Famale Total
No. of Cases %

No. of
Cases

% No. of Cases %
 Physical abuse 118 77.1% 147 71.7% 265 74.0%
 Psychological abuse 17 11.1% 16 7.8% 33 9.2%
 Neglect 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Financial abuse 10 6.5% 21 10.2% 31 8.7%
 Abandonment 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Sexual abuse 3 2.0% 8 3.9% 11 3.1%
 Others 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Multiple abuse 5 3.3% 13 6.3% 18 5.0%
 Total 153 100.0% 205 100.0% 358 100.0%


Type of Abuse and Sex of Elderly Person Being Abused (Incident Being Not Reported to Police)

 Type of Abuse Male Female Total
No. of Cases %

No. of
Cases

% No. of Cases %
 Physical abuse 24 75.0% 35 57.4% 59 63.4%
 Psychological abuse 2 6.3% 11 18.0% 13 14.0%
 Neglect 1 3.1% 1 1.6% 2 2.2%
 Financial abuse 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Abandonment 1 3.1% 0 0.0% 1 1.1%
 Sexual abuse 0 0.0% 2 3.3% 2 2.2%
 Others 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Multiple abuse 4 12.5% 12 19.7% 16 17.2%
 Total 32 100.0% 61 100.0% 93 100.0%




Abuser's Relationship with Elderly Person Being Abused and Incident Being or Not Reported to Police

 Abuser's 
 Relationship with
 Elderly Person
 Being Abused
Reported to Police Not Reported to Police Total
No. of Cases %

No. of
Cases

% No. of Cases %
 Son 44 12.3% 14 15.1% 58 12.9%
 Daughter 16 4.5% 4 4.3% 20 4.4%
 Son-in-law 3 0.8% 1 1.1% 4 0.9%
 Daughter-in-law 3 0.8% 1 1.1% 4 0.9%
 Spouse/ intimate partner 233 65.1% 69 74.2% 302 67.0%
 Grandchildren 4 1.1% 1 1.1% 5 1.1%
 Relative 13 3.6% 1 1.1% 14 3.1%
 Friend/ neighbour 10 2.8% 0 0.0% 10 2.2%
 Not relative but living
 together
0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Domestic helper 22 6.1% 1 1.1% 23 5.1%
 Staff of the agency
 providing services for
 the elderly person
2 0.6% 0 0.0% 2 0.4%
 Others 8 2.2% 1 1.1% 9 2.0%
 Total 358 100.0% 93 100.0% 451 100.0%



Residential District of Elderly Person Being Abused and Incident Being or Not Reported to Police
 
 Residential District Reported to Police Not Reported to Police Total
No. of Cases %

No. of
Cases

% No. of Cases %
 Central and Western 9 2.5% 0 0.0% 9 2.0%
 Southern 6 1.7% 3 3.2% 9 2.0%
 Islands 4 1.1% 0 0.0% 4 0.9%
 Eastern 33 9.2% 6 6.5% 39 8.6%
 Wan Chai 8 2.2% 0 0.0% 8 1.8%
 Kowloon City 19 5.3% 4 4.3% 23 5.1%
 Yau Tsim Mong 8 2.2% 3 3.2% 11 2.4%
 Sham Shui Po 13 3.6% 6 6.5% 19 4.2%
 Wong Tai Sin 9 2.5% 3 3.2% 12 2.7%
 Sai Kung 21 5.9% 6 6.5% 27 6.0%
 Kwun Tong 38 10.6% 16 17.2% 54 12.0%
 Sha Tin 40 11.2% 7 7.5% 47 10.4%
 Tai Po 20 5.6% 3 3.2% 23 5.1%
 North 18 5.0% 8 8.6% 26 5.8%
 Yuen Long 36 10.1% 9 9.7% 45 10.0%
 Tsuen Wan 12 3.4% 6 6.5% 18 4.0%
 Kwai Tsing 32 8.9% 7 7.5% 39 8.6%
 Tuen Mun 32 8.9% 6 6.5% 38 8.4%
 Unknown 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Total 358 100.0% 93 100.0% 451 100.0%





Based on the information collected by the Central Information System on Elder Abuse Cases, the statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases from 2005 to 2021 can be downloaded here :  

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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2005)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2006)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2007)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2008)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2009)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2010)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2011)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2012)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2013)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2016)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2017)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2018)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2020)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2021)
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Publicity Leaflets on 'Protecting Elderly Persons Against Abuse'

The Department has published a set of 6 leaflets on elder abuse to enhance the awareness of elderly persons and other citizens on the problem of elder abuse, to prevent the occurrence of abusive incident, and to encourage elderly persons being abused as well as their family members and friends to seek assistance as early as possible so as to remedy the situations. The leaflets can be downloaded here.

Protecting Elderly Persons Against Abuse
Protecting Elderly Persons Against Abuse 
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 Protecting Elderly Persons Against Physical Abuse

Protecting Elderly Persons Against Physical Abuse
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Protecting Elderly Persons Against Psychological Abuse

Protecting Elderly Persons Against Psychological Abuse
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 Protecting Elderly Persons Against Neglect and Abandonment

Protecting Elderly Persons Against Neglect and Abandonment
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Protecting Elderly Persons Against Financial Abuse

Protecting Elderly Persons Against Financial Abuse
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Protecting Elderly Persons Against Sexual Abuse

Protecting Elderly Persons Against Sexual Abuse
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Leaflets on 'Protecting Elderly Persons Against Abuse' in Ethnic Minority language



Leaflets on 'Protecting Elderly Persons Against Abuse' in Ethnic Minority languages can be downloaded here:

   
Nepali and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document
Hindi and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document
Indonesia and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document
Urdu and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document
Tagalog and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document
Thai and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document
Vietnamese and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document
Pujabi and English version PDF Document Acrobat Document