The Incidence and Impact of Family Violence on Mental Health Among South Korean Women: Results of a National Survey

Original Article


This representative national survey examined incidence of husband-to-wife violence in the past year, lifetime exposure to parental violence, and the relationships between victimization experiences of family violence and mental health among South Korean women (N = 1,079). The major findings were that incidence rate of husband-to-wife violence among Korean women was 29.5%, which was much higher than those of other nations, and that their experiences of physical violence by husbands in the last year and lifetime verbal abuse by parents had strong associations with the mental health of victims. The findings suggest that preventive intervention programs for male perpetrators as well as domestic violence victims with mental health problems and comprehensive interventions for Korean couples are urgently needed. In addition, parents should be educated about how to modify their children’s behavior without physical punishment or verbal abuse.


Family violence South Korea Domestic violence Mental health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social WelfareYonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Social WelfareDaejin UniversityPocheonSouth Korea
  3. 3.George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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