Elder abuse


Currently there is no legislation in Hong Kong specifically tailored for elder abuse.

The SWD  referred to several Ordinances in their Procedural Guidelines for Handling Elder Abuse Cases, December 2003 (Revised in August 2006).

Those Ordinances are of general application and are not limited to instances of elder abuse.

Physical Abuse

Financial Abuse

Sexual Abuse

There is no legislation dealing with psychological abuse, neglect or abandonment.

There are Ordinances governing the organizational and the structural aspects of residential care homes for the elderly (see: Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance, Cap.459, Laws of Hong Kong; Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Maternity Homes Registration Ordinance, Cap.165, Laws of Hong Kong) but they are not meant to provide protection against abuse.