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.


  • 2014 20th anniversary celebration ceremony
    published "Our Lives are Verb: intrafamilial sexual abuse survivors and Yeolimteo speak together"
  • 2007 published "Find a Compass: supporting adolescent intrafamilial sexual abuse victims"
  • 2004 10th anniversary commemorational seminar "Support Status and the Issues of Sexual Violence Survivors in Shelter"
  • 2001 published "Shelter Opens Tomorrow: the guidelines for sexual violence survivors shelter operation to enhance integrated support system"
  • 1999 5th anniversary commemorational seminar "Status Quo and the Issues of Sexual Violence Victim Support System"
  • 1995 1st anniversary commemorational seminar "Yeolimteo Opens Tomorrow"
  • 1994 KSVRC Affiliated Survivors Shelter Yeolimteo opened