'Scorned wife' label for murder-suicide angers anti-domestic violence group

Local | 14 Sep 2017 7:28 pm

A concern group against domestic violence has criticized some media coverage of a suspected murder-suicide case, saying that some of the reports were of a sexist nature, reinforcing inequality and oppression. 

The Association for Concern for Legal Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence said some reports about the deaths at a luxury apartment building in Yau Ma Tei last week had linked the tragedy to the wife drawing a higher salary. 

They also said labelling victims as a "scorned wife” or "cold” only reinforces such unhealthy beliefs in society. 

The association singled out an opinion offered by a senior social worker who was quoted by media as advising wives who earn more than their husbands not to use "terms that may undermine men’s self-esteem". 

The group said domestic violence is one of the most neglected problems in Hong Kong. Studies show that women often become victims of violence when they try to end their relationship, the group said. It also said that in any given year, a higher proportion of murder victims in Hong Kong are women. 

The association urged the media to provide more responsible coverage and said social workers and the police should also develop a deeper understanding about violence against women.-RTHK

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