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"It Always Happened at Night": The Truth About Domestic Violence

About 11 million women older than age 15 in Turkey have been physically or sexually abused by their husband or partner.

According to Human Rights Watch, researchers documented “girls as young as 14 being raped; stabbed; kicked in the abdomen while pregnant; beaten with hammers, sticks, branches, and hoses to the point of broken bones and fractured skulls; locked up with dogs or other animals; starved; shot with a stun gun; injected with poison; pushed off a roof; and subjected to severe psychological violence.”

The current system is not working. Women who are pregnant or unmarried are often turned away from shelters. Women who are brave enough to go to the police are often encouraged to reconcile with their abusers to “preserve family unity”. Some women have been murdered by their abuser after seeking protection.

A protection order only means something if it is enforced. Although the law requires police to check on the woman weekly, the researchers did not find a case where this happened. Police usually do not respond to calls from women when their abusers returned to their home to threaten them.

We must pressure Turkey to protect these women. These women need to be able to seek protection for themselves and their children in shelters. These women need the police to protect them from domestic abuse.

To learn more read the full report “He Loves You, He Beats You” from Human Rights Watch.

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Photo via:  Human Rights Watch
Photo credit: MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images

  • Melanie Schmitz

    Thank you for bringing attention to this. The world should know that violence against women is a human rights violation of the cruelest kind. These women need help and they’re not getting it. You’ve done the brave thing and focused the spotlight on the people who should be protecting them. The ball is rolling….

  • Joe L Hughes

    In north america male and female victims of domestic violence are close to equal in numbers, but thanks to decades of feminists actively telling half truths, the male victims are marginalized and invisible, they have been reduced to scapegoats for this “woman’s issue” that effects people. There are no shelters for men and not only do they have to contend with traditional stereotypes that “men are too tough to be beaten by women” they are also marginalized with modern feminist misinformation. Instead of telling half truths to further punish your hate target and further the feminist agenda why not tell the whole truth about DV so as a society we can begin considering the reality of it and actually see some progress in eliminating it? Feminism is the assertion that women are as good as men but not as bad. So what is the truth about DV in turkey where are the stats for the other half of the population?

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