Half of Divorced, Separated Individuals Subjected to Partner Violence: Survey | Be Korea-savvy

Half of Divorced, Separated Individuals Subjected to Partner Violence: Survey

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SEOUL, July 5 (Korea Bizwire)About half of Koreans who have gone through divorce, separation, or relocation have experienced partner violence, a government report showed Wednesday.

The Ministry of Gender, Equality and Family conducted a triennial survey on over 9,000 individuals aged 19 and above. According to the survey, 7.6 percent reported experiencing physical, sexual, economic, or psychological violence from their partner or spouse in the past 12 months.

This percentage decreased from 8.8 percent in 2019.

Among those who experienced violence, 37.4 percent of women and 57.3 percent of men reported experiencing it five years into their marriage or after moving in together.

Over half of the respondents (53.3 percent) admitted to not taking any action when faced with violence, an increase from 45.6 percent in 2019.

The primary reason cited for this was the perception that the violence was not severe (25.6 percent).

A significant majority (92.3 percent) of those who experienced violence did not seek help from family members or the police.

Interestingly, individuals who had experienced previous break-ups had a higher likelihood of experiencing violence (50.8 percent for females, 47.4 percent for males) compared to those who experienced violence during their marriage or cohabitation (14.3 percent).

Specifically, approximately one-third of women who had divorced, separated, or moved out reported experiencing physical violence, while 21.4 percent experienced sexual violence.

H. M. Kang (hmkang@koreabizwire.com)

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