Violence against Women in Turkey

Human Security in Context Reports Turkey

“As if there is war waged upon women” said Fatma Şahin, the Minister of Family and Social Policy of Turkey while answering a parliamentary question about the latest domestic violence figures in the country, not more than a week ago.1 Within the same week of her statement, news in the press were merely verifying the Minister’s depressing comment: An estranged husband with restraining order shot her wife to death in front of the eyes of their 4 children in Ankara. (March 25, 2013)

A nurse in Edirne was shot and killed by her policeman husband in the hospital she was working in for insisting on filing for divorce. (March 26, 2013)

In Şanlıurfa, a 27 years old newlywed women H.G. was murdered by his husband who pumped 10 bullets into her head. (March 27, 2013) The young woman who was found shot by a gun in her home in in Yozgat, is still being treated in the intensive care unit at the hospital. (March 28, 2013)

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Turkey Chronicle 1 – Violence against Women in Turkey