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Republic of Korea

Population size: 

51.2 million [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Women who have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime: Official National Statistics Not Available

Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months against women: Official National Statistics Not Available [2]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

No research.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Current law and policy:

The Republic of Korea Commits to strengthen prosecution of violence against women, improve protection for survivors and implement education programmes.

The Republic of Korea commits to take the following actions in its effort to prevent and combat violence against women and children. Under the laws to prevent sexual violence and protect victims of sexual assaults, the Government of the Republic of Korea will continue to conduct research on gender-based violence and incorporate the findings into developing national action plans to prevent violence against women and protect the victims. In 2013, the Republic of Korea will implement education programmes in public organizations to prevent sexual violence, enforce education programmes for prevention of sexual harassment and prostitution, as well as implement human rights education for children. It further commits to make constant efforts for the prevention of sexual crimes by toughening punishment of such crimes, expanding rehabilitation programmes, and by enabling police officers to arrest an offender of domestic violence without a warrant. The Republic of Korea commits to continuously promote policies for the protection of victims through provision of medical and legal services and by extending the period of stay in shelters for survivors.

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[1] Worldometer, “South Korea Population (Live)”, (

[2] UN Women, “Global Database on Violence Against Women – Republic of Korea”, (



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