Association between intimate partner violence and child maltreatment in a representative student sample in Hong Kong

Violence Against Women. 2015 Apr;21(4):500-15. doi: 10.1177/1077801215569080. Epub 2015 Feb 6.


The study examined the prevalence of the co-occurrence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment (CM) to determine whether IPV is a factor associated with the latter. A total of 5,841 students from a representative sample of schools in Hong Kong were surveyed. The results show that the lifetime and preceding-year co-occurrence rates of IPV and CM were 12.3% and 3.6%, respectively. IPV and parents' use of psychological aggression and corporal punishment led to increased odds of physical violence. This study suggests a need for the comprehensive assessment of IPV and CM.

Keywords: child maltreatment; co-occurrence; intimate partner violence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence / psychology
  • Intimate Partner Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires