Domestic and Cohabitation Relationships Violence Ordinance (Cap 189)
Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong, Butterworths, pp. 1-54, 2013
Posted: 30 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2013
The Domestic & Cohabitation Relationships Violence Ordinance in Hong Kong superceded the Domestic Violence Ordinance, extending the scope of the statutory civil law remedies both in terms of the orders available, the duration of the orders and the range of familial relations to which the orders might apply, including a range of family relations, same sex partners and former cohabiting partners. The reform also included the introduction into the Hong Kong legislation for the first time of a court-ordered therapeutic response to domestic violence in the form of a 'Batterer Intervention Programme' attachment to the orders available under the Ordinance. the reform further empowered the court to make a variation of a child custody order where appropriate. This publication provides a critical analysis of the scope and application of the Ordinance, making reference to both Hong Kong and English case law, and locates the Ordinance within the specific cultural context of Hong Kong, setting out the background to the legislative reform and giving the relevant procedure and specimen forms.
Keywords: Family Law, Domestic Violence, Hong Kong
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K39
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