Art as an Intervention in Serving
Secondary Child Victims of Family Violence 2015-2017

Partnering Organization

Lingnan University

Project Period

Previous phase:
August 2015 – July 2016

Current phase:
August 2016 – July 2017


20-30 secondary child victims of family violence, aged 6-11 years


Previous phase:
Tuen Mun Family and Child Protective Services Unit

Current phase:
Tin Shui Wai Family and Child Protective Services Unit

How it works

An inter-professional team of 5 social workers, 1 art therapist and 2 researchers oversee the project, which includes:

  • Two series of 20-session group creativity workshops in a joyful, playful, safe setting.
  • Sessions for parents to understand their children’s developmental needs.
  • Training seminars on art facilitation for social workers


At the end of each series, the children showed improvements in expressiveness, engagement, social interaction and teamwork.

Project sustainability

“Training the trainers” is a core part of the project, for future sustainability. The art therapist train social workers on value of art therapy, and how to implement the activities, so that beyond this programme, they can continue to use art with child victims of family violence.

The children’s artworks