Child abuse is a serious problem in many countries. Photo: iStock

Seven in 10 suspected child abuse cases in Hong Kong involved a family member, according to a new report. Local group Against Child Abuse issued a report on the latest situation in the city, which showed 214 cases received were suspected child cases, an 8% rise on the year before, Oriental Daily reported.

The group received a total of 1,289 cases through a hotline between April 1, 2017, and March 31 this year. Among the suspected child abuse cases, about 76% of the abusers were family members, with mothers making up 34% and fathers 20%.

Most of the suspected abuse cases related to physical ill-treatment and more than half involved children aged between three and eight. The group received 20 reports of psychological abuse of children, double the number from the year before, Metro Daily reported.

Donna Wong, the acting director of the group, said the maltreatment included spurning, terrorizing, isolating and denying emotional responsiveness which would impair a child’s emotional or intellectual development, causing the child to have low self-esteem.

But she said these kinds of psychological abuses were not easy to identify and the impact on children may not appear immediately.

There were also 25 cases of child neglect and 19 cases of sexual abuse.

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