Violence against wives and children in Hong Kong

Angela O K TSUN*, Priscilla Sun Kai Lui-Tsang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Studies on family violence toward wives and children in Hong Kong, although limited, are consistent with the ecological model that explains this violence as the interaction of a confluence of factors that are at work at different levels. In this paper, four clinical cases are selected to demonstrate the applicability of the model in Hong Kong. The immigration background of the family, low socio-economic status, perceived lack of support, and Chinese values on obedience to authority stand out as contributory factors to violent acts. A multi-faceted and multi-leveled prevention program to achieve zero tolerance of violence is proposed that prescribes caution as to the possible double victimization of individuals and families by the larger social system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-486
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Double victimization
  • Ecological perspective
  • Prevention
  • Violence to women and children


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