As Korea’s demographics have changed over the years, dating violence has started to increase in middle-aged people.
Some recent cases in Busan have highlighted the problem — police are currently investigating a 60-year-old man for attempted murder in Busanjin-gu after trying to kill his 61-year-old girlfriend who refused his marriage request.
Another man in his 60’s was also arrested after assaulting his 55-year-old girlfriend whom he suspected of infidelity.
In another case, a 55-year-old man was arrested after smashing his 54-year-old girlfriend’s face into a table after she had broken up with him and refused to take his calls.
As older-age divorces have been on a steady rise in Korea, many middle-aged men and women suddenly find themselves back in the dating pool for the first time in decades. Divorce among couples married over 20 years accounted for 28 percent of all divorces in South Korea in recent years.