SEOUL, Jul. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — A lawmaker has announced plans to propose a reform to South Korea’s current dating abuse law that when passed, will allow police to respond more quickly to victims.
Under the proposal put forward on Sunday by Pyo Chang-won, a member of the Democratic Party of Korea, if a victim reports violence or stalking, or requests personal protection, officers will immediately move to intervene , and will work with judicial authorities to immediately seek steps such as restraining orders to ensure the protection of victims.
In a press release, Pyo said, “According to the National Police Agency, 8,367 cases of dating abuse were reported last year, with an increasing number of cases leading to murder, rape and physical abuse.
“Dating abuse, which used to be considered a mere lovers’ quarrel, is now rapidly becoming a serious social issue.”
Pyo added, “Before threats promoted by obsessive relationships spread in society and lead to heinous crimes, the government must intervene and protect the victims.”
Prior to Pyo’s plans to introduce new reforms to strengthen punishment against dating abuse crimes, Nam In-soon, the chairwoman of the Gender Equality and Family Committee, called to launch a special committee dedicated to the prevention of dating abuse.
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)