Realizing that updated statistical data on violence is severely lacking in Hong Kong and globally, the Zonta Club of Kowloon sponsored the ‘Hong Kong Women’s Experience of Violence 2021’ research. Scientific research on domestic and sexual violence is needed now more than ever.
Findings from the research revealed that 75% of the women experiencing serious sexual violence “do not react” to the abuse, while around 40% of victims do not seek help. The club’s communications with non-governmental organizations in the industry also showed that women endure violence for a long time before they seek help, which is an average of three to four years.
To encourage victims to come forward, the club arranged three advertorials on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The posters will include statistics from their finding and information on three women’s helplines that will provide one-stop support, including advice on legal protection and emotional support and accompany the victim throughout the entire help-seeking process. The club released the ads on three big local media: South China Morning Post’s Facebook news, Ming Pao Daily and Sing Tao Daily.
The club strongly encourages victims to seek help. As societal values in Hong Kong are changing, family violence should be considered wrongdoings.