Letters to the Editor

Don’t underplay domestic abuse

Hwi Da with her mother Nan-Hui Jo at her kindergarten graduation ceremony in Korea. A letter writer says the domestic abuse involved in the custody dispute isn’t getting enough attention.
Hwi Da with her mother Nan-Hui Jo at her kindergarten graduation ceremony in Korea. A letter writer says the domestic abuse involved in the custody dispute isn’t getting enough attention. Courtesy of Nan-Hui Jo

Don’t underplay domestic abuse

Re “Korean mom could lose her girl forever” (Page A1, Feb. 20): I am writing on behalf of the Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse. The story concerning Nan-Hui Jo, a survivor of domestic violence aggressively prosecuted by the Yolo County district attorney for child abduction, demonstrates that even well-respected publications remain misinformed about domestic violence.

It is critical to understand domestic violence as an onslaught of physical, emotional, economic and sexual violence. For immigrant women, additional barriers in accessing services and attaining legal rights can be tragic. For Jo, the result could mean a prison sentence or deportation and permanent separation from her daughter.

In the article, the multiple times Jesse Charlton admits to acts of violence become normalized into the mundane squabbles of a relationship. The cursory mention of domestic violence minimizes the abuse to Jo and the alarming risks to her daughter. This is dangerous and irresponsible. We hope that future coverage will come with an informed awareness of domestic violence and its impacts on survivors and children.

Tina Kim, El Cerrito, Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse of the Bay Area

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