SEOUL, March 27 (Korea Bizwire) — One out of every four women who suffered physical and sexual violence from their spouses also experienced violence during pregnancy, a recent survey showed.
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family released a report Thursday titled “2019 Survey on Domestic Violence” based on a survey of 9,060 people, including 6,002 women and 3,058 men aged 19 or older.
The results of the survey showed that 26.9 percent of women who suffered physical and sexual violence from their current spouses suffered from violence even during pregnancy.
Among them, 23 percent were exposed to violence before pregnancy, and 3.9 percent first began to experience violence during pregnancy.
In 13.7 percent of the cases of violence before pregnancy, the abuse stopped during pregnancy, while 59.4 percent of cases of violence began after the end of pregnancy, such as childbirth or miscarriage.
Among those who suffered from abuse during pregnancy, 52.3 percent said the violence was less during pregnancy and 10.5 percent said it was similar during pregnancy.
“Although it has some effect in terms of offering protection against spousal violence, we have come to the conclusion that violence does not stop even during pregnancy,” said Kim Jung-hye of the Korean Women’s Development Institute, one of the lead researchers of the study.
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