Thursday, 12 December 2013
A local NGO has revealed the results of a long-running research investigation into how men justified domestic violence, based on interviews conducted with over 20,000 female victims of abuse, between 1995 and 2013.

The report prepared by Şefkat-Der, a civil association founded to help marginalized segments of society, showed that men would use a variety of excuses to justify both physical and psychological abuse toward their partners.

According the report quoted by daily Taraf, victims said that reasons ranged from them wanting to have an abortion to the defeat of the football team supported by the husband.

The report also cited “going outside without asking permission,” “calling the national domestic violence hotline,” “asking to continue their studies,” “refusing to give the salary to the husband” and “the meal not being prepared at fast-breaking time during Ramadan” as other frequent reasons used by men to justify violence against their wives.

Violent acts towards women included beating, strangling, burning with boiled water, burning with cigarettes, cutting with blades or wounding with knives. Psychological violence, including insults, threats and blackmail, was also frequently used.

Domestic violence remains one of the most salient social problems in Turkey as, according to the data released on Nov. 25 for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 802 women have been killed by their husbands in the past five years. More than 50,000 women have been protected from their husbands or partners with precautions such as restraining orders, mostly in Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir.

Experts also warned that official numbers only reflected the tip of the iceberg as thousands of women did not report violence for fear of the reactions of their families and relatives.
Source: Hurriyet


Anonymous said...

The fact that women are allowed to get restraining orders in Turkey indicates it is quite civilized for a Muslim country.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, law wise. These types of behaviours are so ingrained in Turkish society that it seems almost no one is there to enforce anti-domestic violence laws. Besides, most of the people who has the power to enforce such laws are wife-beaters themselves... it's very unfortunate...

Anonymous said...

I used to teach (in Istanbul) with a lady whose husband claimed her paycheck every month and spends it all on himself... Nobody in the school ever denied her husband's "right" to claim her check... She still got beat for whatever reasons that he saw fit. I remember first meeting her when she moved to Istanbul and when she left, she was leaving in pretty much skin and bones from all the physical and psychological torture that she had to endure... I myself had to endure countless cases of insults and street harassments on a daily basis simply because I am a woman and a foreigner. I think it has a lot to do with the way these men were brought up: discipline is out of the question for boys and girls are put to their place as soon as they were born. It's sad but in my opinion, the women in the family are the ones who perpetuate this behavior... at the same time, I guess they are not at their best mental states either from all the physical and emotional abuse they acquire from their fathers, brothers and husbands.

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