Child abuse is defined as any behaviours that do harm to the physical and psychological development of a child. Child abuse can occur between children and their parents or other guardians.
Factors contributing to child abuse
The factors contributing to child abuse include:
To check if you are an abusive parent, please recall if you had behaved in any of the following ways towards your child in the past:
Deliberately frightened or isolated your child
Paid no attention to your child's emotion
Negligent in providing enough food, clothes, medical care or education to your child
Forced your child to perform a task which is inappropriate to his/her physical capacity or age.
Do violence to your child (e.g. hitting with fist, slapping)
Hurt your child with weapons (e.g. knife, whip)
Induced your child to engage in sexual intercourse by violence, coaxing, blandishment, material temptation or other forms of inducement.
If you answer "Yes" to any of the above questions, you may have already abused your child in different ways.
Tips on preventing child abuse
Ways of coping with child abuse
Child abuse, whatever the form, is a serious issue. In fact, both the abuser and the abused child should receive proper treatment and counseling (e.g. from a social worker) to prevent a tragedy from happening. Therefore, if you notice your friends or neighbours have the propensity to abuse their child, you are obliged to give them a hand and help him seek assistance from the professionals.
Social Welfare Department's Hotline
Tel : 2343 2255
Christian Family Service Centre
(Every Tue, Thu, Sat; 10:00am-10:00pm)
Tel : 2787 1355
Harmony House Third Path Man Hotline
(Every Mon, Wed, Fri; 2:00pm-10:00pm)
Phone : 2295 1386
Caritas Hong Kong Family Service
Hotline : 2649 1100