What is Violence against Women?

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Ziya Gökalp Cad. No:11 A1 Blok Kat:5 Kızılay/Ankara

In the 1st Article of the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, violence against women is described as

“any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”

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What are considered as violence?

Physical Violence

Slapping, battering, kicking, pull her hair, punching, pushing, locking in room-house, hurting, wounding, burning or killing with a weapon, a sharp object or chemicals such as nitric acid, avoiding her receiving necessary treatment etc.

Sexual Violence

Unwanted sexual contact even perpetrated by her spouse, forced sexual intercourse with others, forced incest, forced prostitution, forced marriage, forced childbearing or abortion, damaging genitals, sexual harassment verbal or written, humiliating femininity, honour killings etc.

Verbal-Psychological Violence

Shouting, insulting, cursing, threatening, frightening, humiliating, mocking, prevention of self-determination, measuring against others, prevention of self-development, preventing from seeing family, friends, neighbours and leaving house , underestimating her belief, origin, work, income, interrupting publicly etc.

Economical Violence

Forcing to work or not to work, grabbing her money and bank cards, not allowing her to leave for work, leaving her penniless, seizing her personal belongings, never asking her opinion for household budget and savings, causing her to be fired from job etc.

If you are subjected to violence:

If you are subjected to violence you can take measure by making security plan in advance.

For any queries please contact any women’s consultation office.

An exemplary preliminary plan has been specified below:

  • Detect a safe place at home where you can take shelter during violent attack.
  • Prepare a list from the phone numbers of emergency services, relatives, friends and persons who may help you.
  • Determine in advance where to go when suddenly you have to leave home and speak with them beforehand.
  • Talk about your situation with a reliable neighbour in advance and ask her to call police when she hears noice and your call for help.
  • Prepare a bag in which you put important documents, cloths, medicines, keys, money for yourself and your children, if you have, your list of address and phone and toys of your children.
  • At first chance call a person or one of EMERGENCY SERVICES you have already determined to ask help.
  • Complain to the police or make a denunciation by applying to the Public Prosecutor with a petition.
  • Get medical report from a hospital or a forensic institute. These reports would prove that you were exposed to violence when you complain.
  • You have a right to an attorney free of charge; inform police you need an attorney. Bar Association assigns an advocate free of charge for you. That advocate would inform you about your rights and initiate necessary legal action.
  • You may ask help not only when you are exposed to violence but also when you are at risk of violence. Keep in mind that you will be settled in a shelter at any time of day.