34,258 protective orders issued since March
Since the Law on the Protection of the Family and the Prevention of Violence Against Women was introduced in March, 34,258 precautionary and protective court orders have been issued.

Combating the widespread problem of violence against women is currently of utmost importance for Turkey as almost half of all women say they have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands or partners. The Ministry of Family and Social Policy published on Tuesday the results of a study across Turkey to determine the number of decisions concerning protective and precautionary court orders. The report revealed that since March, 4,634 women received police protection out of a total of 34,258 protective and precautionary orders issued by courts.

The Central Anatolian province of Kayseri had the highest number of such court decisions with 989, while the southern province of Adana followed with 974 decisions. Only in the southeastern province of Siirt have no protective and precautionary orders been issued.

The Law on the Protection of the Family and the Prevention of Violence Against Women has six chapters and 29 articles. It defines domestic violence to include any "physical, sexual, psychological, verbal or economic abuse or actions that lead to an individual's suffering." It also establishes two new offices: the Prosecutor's Office for Protection from Violence and the Directory of Probation for Offenders and Help Center. The law also consists of several positive measures. It applies to women who are both married and unmarried and provides protection before, during and after a marriage. It also provides housing assistance if an abused individual and her children require it, as well as temporary financial assistance. The draft law would allow courts to issue a protection order for an individual who needs it without asking for proof of violence.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
Last Modified: 2012-11-14 20:00:01
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