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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 elders, 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 Services Centres etc. will provide appropriate services for the elder victims and their family members (including the abusers) to protect the elders and to prevent the recurrence of elder abuse. 

 

Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases (Revised August 2006)

To unify the definition and equip various professionals with clear procedural guidelines on handling suspected elder abuse cases, Social Welfare Department has published 'Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases' ('Procedural Guidelines') in December 2003, which aim to provide reference materials and procedures for different organizations and personnel in handling suspected elder abuse cases.  The 'Procedural Guidelines' have been updated in August 2006 and can be downloaded here:

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The Domestic Violence Ordinance (Cap. 189) stated in Para. 5.5 of Chapter 2 Section 5 of the Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases (Revised August 2006) 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.

For updated information of Support Services for the Elders and Carers in Chapter 12 of the Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases (Revised August 2006), please download HERE.

 

Appendix 21 : Reporting Guidelines 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 Appendix 21 : Reporting Guidelines for the 'Central Information System on Elder Abuse Cases' of the 'Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases' in January 2007.  The revised Appendix 21 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 March 2019 are as follows:

Statistics of Type of Elder Abuse Cases 

Type of Abuse No. of Cases
 Physical abuse 89
 Psychological abuse 10
 Neglect 1
 Financial abuse 11
 Abandonment 0
 Sexual abuse 3
 Others 0
 Multiple abuse 11
 Total 125



Statistics of Type of Abuse by Victim's Sex

 Type of Abuse Male Female Total
No. of Victims %

No. of
Victims

% No. of Victims %
 Physical Abuse 27 73.0% 62 70.5% 89 71.2%
 Psychological Abuse 2 5.4% 8 9.1% 10 8.0%
 Neglect 1 2.7% 0 0.0% 1 0.8%
 Financial Abuse 2 5.4% 9 10.2% 11 8.8%
 Abandonment 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Sexual Abuse 0 0.0% 3 3.4% 3 2.4%
 Others 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
 Multiple Abuse 5 13.5% 6 6.8% 11 8.8%
 Total 37 100.0% 88 100.0% 125 100.0%






Statistics of Relationship between Victim and Abuser

 Relationship with Victim No. of Abusers %
 Son 14 11.2%
 Daughter 2 1.6%
 Son-in-law 1 0.8%
 Daughter-in-law 2 1.6%
 Spouse 85 68.0%
 Grandchildren 0 0.0%
 Relative 2 1.6%
 Friend / Neighbour 3 2.4%
 Un-related person living with the victim 2 1.6%
 Domestic helper 8 6.4%
 Agency staff providing service to victim 2 1.6%
 Others 4 3.2%
 Total 125 100.0%




Statistics of Victim's Residential District
 
 Residential District No. of Victims %
 Central / Western 10 8.0%
 Eastern 5 4.0%
 Southern 3 2.4%
 Wanchai 1 0.8%
 Kowloon City 6 4.8%
 Kwun Tong 17 13.6%
 Sham Shui Po 4 3.2%
 Wong Tai Sin 7 5.6%
 Yau Tsim Mong 3 2.4%
 Island 2 1.6%
 Kwai Tsing 15 12.0%
 North 4 3.2%
 Sai Kung 2 1.6%
 Sha Tin 13 10.4%
 Tai Po 11 8.8%
 Tsuen Wan 3 2.4%
 Tuen Mun 10 8.0%
 Yuen Long 9 7.2%
 Unknown 0 0.0%
 Total 125 100.0%





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 2018 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 2014)
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Statistics on newly reported elder abuse cases (January to December 2015)
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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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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 elders and other citizens on the problem of elder abuse, to prevent the occurrence of abusive incident, and to encourage victims of abuse 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