Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 293–302 | Cite as

Korean American Clergy Practices Regarding Intimate Partner Violence: Roadblock or Support for Battered Women?

  • Y. Joon Choi
Original Article


Although it is common for Korean Americans to seek assistance from clergy for intimate partner violence (IPV), there has been lack of research on Korean American clergy’s practices regarding IPV. 152 Korean American Protestant clergy were surveyed on their practices regarding IPV in their congregations. 92.7 % of respondents reported counseling people who had experienced IPV; however, one-third stated that they had never referred congregants to additional resources. Additionally, the great majority of respondents recognized their important role in responding to IPV; however, only 16 % of them reported feeling well-prepared to deal with IPV. Practice and research implications are discussed to improve a partnership between religious leaders and victim advocates for the purpose of supporting battered Korean immigrant women.


Korean American clergy Intimate partner violence Counseling Referral Prevention 



This research was supported by the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation’s Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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