DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

HARNESSING A FRAMEWORK FOR EFFECTIVE REMEDIES:A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE LEGAL RESPONSES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The HKSAR Government has amended the Domestic Violence Ordinance in an attempt to remedy some of the problems faced by the victim community. The continued appraisal of the law’s response to domestic violence is critical in order to make calculated further improvements and to move forward in the right direction. This project considers legal responses to domestic violence in Singapore and the United Kingdom and compares these approaches with the recent developments in Hong Kong. It will examine current legislation and case law in these jurisdictions in order to determine where Hong Kong stands on the spectrum of reform in domestic violence laws. The objectives of the study are to examine the civil and criminal remedies currently available in the three jurisdictions, evaluate the responsiveness and effectiveness of these remedies and to assess indicators of success.

Principal Investigator:

Puja Kapai

Project Period:

January 2009 – June 2010

Funding Source:

Research Grants Council CERG 2008/2009

This project is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund granted by the University Grants Committee.