​Domestic violence against migrant women in South Korea: addressing the needs of a uniquely situated victim population in domestic violence policy

Author(s) Choi, Ga-Young and Soo-Jung Byoun
Title Domestic violence against migrant women in South Korea: addressing the needs of a uniquely situated victim population in domestic violence policy
Source International Social Work; October 2012; Volume 11; p 645-660
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
CoverageSouth Korea
Summary In this article the authors examine the government response and the access to support for migrant women who are victims of domestic violence in South Korea. Data has shown that the emergency Support Center for Migrant Women responded to more than double the incidents of domestic violence from 2007 to 2009. An intersectional model of oppression towards migrant women in Korea developed by the researchers identifies a number of challenges, including language barriers, historical and cultural values such as Confucianism which emphasises the hierarchy of chronological age and patriarchal power, and the immigration status and marriage status of the migrant women. The legislation that offers some protection to abused women is examined in depth. Recommendations are made for policy development and support, including the need for language services to be widely available in relevant foreign languages and a solution to the legal and practical obstacles preventing migrant victims from obtaining residency requirements. It is suggested that South Korea could look at examples overseas, such as Australia and the United States where immigrants who are domestic violence victims can self-petition for permanent residency or suspension of deportation without their spouses' sponsorship.
Keywords Domestic violence; migrant women; multicultural; South Korea
Topic Multicultural; Domestic violence