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Number of reported child abusers by sex (by SWD)

Statistics
Year 1981 1986 1991 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
No. 196 218 182 311 381 409 575 500
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
No. 535 520 481 622 763 806 944 882
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
No. 993 1001 877 894 963 856 874 892
Operational Definitions
The number of active cases as at July 1983, which is extracted from the Study on Child Abuse conducted by the Research and Statistics Unit of Social Welfare Department, is used as a proxy for 1981. It includes cases handled by the CPSU, Family Service Centres and the Probation Offices of the Social Welfare Department. refer to abusers as parent, family member, step-parent, adoptive parent, relative, caregiver. Abusers as teacher, unrelated person, co-tenant and unidentified person are not counted (SWD 10/26/71, dated 30 Sep 2003).
Footnote
All figures are collected from Social Welfare Department since 1981.
Figure for 1981 is not available, since the Child Protection Services Unit (CPSU) had not set up until 1983.
It is noted that the 2003 source is different from Code 29.7, which is based on no. of reported child abuse cases (Family & Child Welfare Section of SWD). Hence, data from 1996 to 2002 are replaced by figures from Code 29.7.Data source: (data 1986, 91, 96-2000) Social Welfare Department, October 19, 2001 (letter) SWD 10/15/26/71; (data 2001-2002) Jun 9, 2003 (with same ref no. above); and (data 2003-2008) Sep 16, 2009 (email).
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