The public health approach to the prevention of family violence in Hong Kong

Ko Ling Chan

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The public health approach has been adopted by the World Health Organization as a conceptual framework for the prevention of family violence. 2. The public health approach has four key steps: (a) problem description/public health surveillance; (b) risk and protective factor research; (c) preventive intervention development and evaluation; and (d) broad implementation of effective prevention programmes. 3. Public health intervention can be categorized into three levels of prevention: primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. 4. Preventive strategies can be classified as universal, selective, or indicated. 5. The social ecological model of family violence conceptualizes the risk factors at four levels: the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPreventing Family Violence
Subtitle of host publicationA Multidisciplinary Approach
PublisherHong Kong University Press, HKU
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9789888083787
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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