Domestic Violence is all around us- even in the Korean community. If you aren’t aware of the numbers, be prepared to be shocked. Among Asian Americans, Korean Americans are affected disproportionately by domestic violence.
80% of all Asian domestic violence cases involved Korean Americans. (Los Angeles)
42% of Korean women reported knowing another Korean woman who was being or had been abused by her partner.
50% reported knowing a Korean woman being abused emotionally. (San Francisco.)
60% of immigrant Korean women had been battered by their husbands.This is higher than the rates in Caucasians (21.3%), African Americans (26.3%), or Hispanics of any race (21.2%). (2000 National Violence Against Women survey)
29% of Korean respondents said a woman who is being abused should not tell anyone about the abuse.
27% of Korean respondents supported a battered woman calling the police for help.
(With the above two statements, other Asian respondent rates were significantly higher.)
Children are often the secondary victims of domestic violence. More than half the female victims of domestic violence live in a household with children under the age of 12. In fact, it is estimated that between 2.3 and 10 million children witness domestic violence each year in the United States.
In addition to the above, the following shows additional barriers for victims of domestic violence right here in New York:
Eight out of ten Koreans in the city are foreign-born.
Korean immigrants have a Limited English Proficiency rate of 62.5% compared to the NYC rate of 22.8%.
Koreans were listed as having the highest poverty rate within the Asian population.
This is representative of the complexities faced by the community KAFSC serves. All of these factors make escape from this destructive cycle of violence extremely difficult for domestic violence victims.
Domestic Violence is an issue that is everyone’s business, whether they want to address it or not. It affects 1 in 4 women during the course of her lifetime.
Every 12 seconds, a woman is a victim of domestic violence. In the time that it takes you to read this article, 15 women have been victimized.
Let’s do more than create awareness about domestic violence.
Together, let’s end domestic violence– once and for all.
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