Yeolimteo is a sexual violence survivors shelter, established in 1994. Its word-for-word translation would be an open ground; the name suggests
that it is an open place for any women who has been a victim of sexual violence and that it will open up new prospects for those survivors. At the
time the shelter was opened, the lack of understanding for sexual violence among Korean society was widespread and also for the legal or institu-tional system to support the survivors. Those who needed a safe haven more than any other assistance led Yeolimteo to open.
Throughout past decades, support system for the victims has been enhanced and Yeolimteo has changed from crisis facility to medium-and long
term shelter where can accommodate up to 10 people. Any female victim of sexual violence is welcomed regardless of age.
Yeolimteo offers counseling, judicial and medical assistance, education, job training, and recovery therapy for women, who were exposed to rep-etitive sexual violence from family or close relatives, to be away from the abusive environment and live a safe life. Yeolimteo walks with sexual
violence survivors on their journey to recovery and growth.