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Domestic Violence

What is domestic violence?

The government definition of domestic violence and abuse is “any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behavior, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality". The abuse can encompass but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional. 

How do ethnic minority women suffer from domestic violence?

The most important thing when it comes to domestic violence is to recognize that one is being abused. When one does not recognize this, one is unable to stand up to it. This can be an issue for many ethnic minority women who, having grown up in a male-dominated environment, if they protest against domestic violence, do not know the consequences (whether or not their children will be placed under social care, whether or not the Hong Kong government/organizations will not just send them home back to their abuser.

Hong Kong Law

  • According to HK law, anyone who causes or threatens to cause grievous bodily harm shall be guilty and may go to prison

  • A legal injunction will either restrain the offender from using violence against the applicant or a child living with the applicant, or exclude the offender from the home or an area, regardless of ownership of the property

  • The maximum injunction order is 24 months; the order can be renewed once

Aid Organisations


Family Crisis Support Centre

Multi-purpose crisis intervention and support centre with a 24-hour help line, counseling and outreach services




Hong Kong’s first rape and assault crisis helpline providing free immediate support and counseling

2375 5322


Po Leung Kuk Tsui Lam Centre

Providing services ranging from information, emotional support and escort services

2894 8896

Domestic violence: Service

Emergency Shelters


Harmony House

Provides a 24-hour hotline and temporary accomodation for victims of domestic abuse

2522  0434


Asian Baptist Women's Fellowship

Provides a safe place for women in crisis and give emotional comfort and encouragement

2545 2253


Po Leung Kuk Refuge Centres for Women

Provides safe temporary accommodation and professional services for victims of domestic abuse

8100 1155

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