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Domestic Violence In Turkey

A report prepared by the Media Reporting Center in Turkey says a major reason women in their country receive considerable media coverage stems from domestic violence. It appears that violence against women in Turkey is now open and discussed rather than being hidden. Most studies reveal that women are less likely to attend school while sons achieve a sense of power at being the center of attention in family life which undoubtedly results in greater violence. Fortunately, the report notes, there is a greater willingness on the part of women to reach out to female organizations for support and this is among the reasons domestic violence is now openly discussed.

It is within the confines of women groups that women are able to express their concerns and fears. Hopefully, as women become more engaged in higher echelons of society they become role models not merely for their daughters but for all girls. Equality is on the move in Turkey.

OK To Slap Wife Says Saudi Judge!

At a recent conference called to discuss the issue of domestic violence, a Saudi Arabian judge told the startled audience that it was appropriate for a husband to slap his wife if she was guilty of lavish spending. Judge Hamad al-Razine cited the example of over-spending to buy a ahigh-end abaya, the head-to-toe black shroud Saudi women have to wear in public as justifying a good smack in the face for a women who was so negligent in dealing with household finances. “If a person gives q200 riyals(US $320) to his wife and she spends 900 riyals to purchase an abaya from a brand shop, and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment.”

His comments aroused a fury of reaction not only from government activists working in the area of domestic violence, but from women in the audience who thought they were attending a conference that dealt with issues pertaining to their rights. As far as the judge is concerned, “Nobody puts even a fraction of the blame on them(women).”

I wonder what the judge would say if a woman slapped a husband in the face for lavish spending on a dinner with the guys or a new car.

Turkish Women Accept Domestic Violence

According to the study, “Domestic Violence Against Women in Turkey,” a large percent of females are somewhat reluctant to take action against their husbands who engage in violence against them. About 14% of women say is sometimes acceptable for their husbands to physically abuse them and 64% of women who have been subject to domestic violence do not seek help because they believe it is not a serious problem in their lives. About one in three women report problems with the families of their husbands were a major source of tension in their marriage and a major source of domestic violence. The rate of physical violence against women is 38% in cities and 43% in rural areas.

In-law issues crop up as sources of domestic violence but 18% cited financial problems and 13% attributed the cause as stemming from dealing with children. About one third of women admitted they contemplated suicide as a result of the abuse they suffer from husbands. Domestic violence is not an issue particular to Muslim societies and it occurs in virtually all societies in the world. The report did not offer suggestions for how to deal with this issue other than counseling.

Hungarian President Opposes Anti-Domestic Violence Laws

President Laszio Solyom of Hungary was criticized by Liberal legislators for blocking legislation that would have placed new curbs on those guilty of domestic violence. The president argued the proposed law defined the meaning of “relative” and “violence”too loosely. He claimed the measures would “disproportionately limit the freedom of movement of the accused.” It appears Solyom is more concerned with the rights of people who threaten and abuse than with those who are subjected to ongoing domestic physical and verbal abuse. According to sponsors of the bill, Hungarian statistics indicate the first request by a victim who has been subject to domestic violence only comes after years of such attacks.

If President Solyom believes the current legislation violates the Hungarian constitution, he might offer corrections to the measures to ensure they are legal. In the absence of any action on his part to reach out for legislation to protect those being abused in marriages, it certainly raises questions as to what he regards as important in the area of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Rises In Portugal

it is still unclear for the reasons, but domestic violence in Portugal has dramatically risen in 2008 over figures from 2007. There has been a 13.5% increase in cases of domestic violence which, for the most part, deal with male abuse of women. According to officials, there has been a significant rise in the number of physical attacks by men who are dating women, and there initial hypothesis is it may be linked to a feeling between couples that violence is part of love relationships. This week there is a new campaign entitled, “violence during dating” which seeks to make couples more aware that physical violence should not take place between two people who are dating.

The Women’s Union for Alternative Answers reports 43 cases of death resulting from physical violence involving a married couple. At this point, there is no clear explanation for this increase in domestic violence and one can not simply blame it on confusing economic conditions in Europe and the world.

Domestic Violence In Egypt

Domestic violence is not confined to a nation nor to a specific religion, but is found throughout the world. In a study done for the Egyptian government, CAMPAS, found that nearly half the women in their nation has encountered physical violence from the hands of their husbands. At least 47% of female between the ages of 15 to 49 reported being victims of domestic violence. In theory the use of physical violence against a spouse is illegal under Egyptian law, but it is rare for a man to be prosecuted for hitting a wife. According to Nahmed Abu el-Qumsan of the Center for Women’s Rights, “if a woman complains, it would be considered a crime. But, if she doesn’t, the husband won’t be punished.” Naturally, few women dare risk complaining about their husbands knowing most police will not pay much attention to their complaints.

The results are not unusual for most Muslim nations where men hold power, and will not be punished for using it.

Domestic Violence Against Turkish Women

The Turkish Compassion Association(Sefkat-Der) has interviewed over 9,000 women who were subject to domestic violence and prepared a report on findings of the study. The report indicates there are several basic reasons Turkish men will use physical violence against their wives–not engaging in sexual activity, gaining weight, inability to bear children or falling to give birth to a male child, getting ill without husband permission, cooking, failing to iron clothes on time, leaving the house without permission, and several other terrible crimes such as not turning over her pay check to the king of the house. These aggrieved men invariably resort to physical violence ranging from use of fists to canes to belts in order to prove they are the master of the domain and the woman belongs to him.

Women told interviewers they were particularly upset when violence took place in front of the children or their relatives. Some women wish men could receive the same punishment they inflict on women or, at least, be subject to some form of official sanction by authorities. A recent study on domestic violence by professors Ayse Gul Altinay and Yesim Arat claims as high as one out of three Turkish women is the object of domestic violence.

New Zealand Gets Tough On Domestic Violence

The New Zealand government has decided on a get tough policy with men who are guilty of domestic violence. Police are now authorized to hand out on-the-spot protection orders when they are called to a domestic violence incident. Alleged offenders could be removed from their homes for up to 72 hours under the changes announced by Justice Minister Annette King. She commented, “the more we talk about domestic violence, and the more we crete an environment in which victims of domestic violence feel able to report what is happening to them, the more chance we have of coming to grips with this scourge on our society.”

Under new guidelines announced by Ms. King:

* Police can issue on-the-spot short term protection orders.
* There will be greater consequences for violating protection orders.
* Criminal courts will be more proactive in defending rights of victims.
* Increased concern for the impact of psychological abuse.

Domestic Violence Major Issue in Indonesia

In a new survey from Indonesia, the issue of domestic violence emerged as a major source of concern to women. Other female issues were health care, lack of formal education, limited legal protection and low income. The survey was conducted by the Public Interest Research and Advocacy Center and focused on the lives of middle-class Indonesian women. Data from the investigation reveals over 25,000 cases of domestic violence were reported through 215 different organizations. This represents a threefold increase since 2003. Although a high prercentage of women indicated a desire to assist organizations working for women, in actuality, few ever donated time or money.

It may well be that lack of income and family demands prevent Indonesian women from being able to donate either money or time to the important issue of domestic violence.

Indonesian Women Lack Protection Against Domestic Violence

Indonesian retired judge Deliana Sayuti Ismundjoko claims women in her nation are still subjected to domestic violence due to failure on the part of law enforcers to regard the complaints of women as legitimate pleas for protection against a violent spouse. Her National Commission on Violence Against Women has conducted seminars for police, prosecutors and judges to make them aware of issues confronting women in families where the husband uses violence against them. The Women’s Legal Aid Foundation believes, “some 10 percent of violence victims reporting their cases in criminal lawsuits were accused of being perpetrators instead, and some of them even ended up as defendants.” There is a strong bias among prosecutors against women in cases of domestic violence. Indonesian law does not allow a judge in divorce cases or disputes over inheritance to allow issues of domestic violence to be considered.

Although domestic violence is a serious issue in Indonesia, this nation’s attitude toward women stands in sharp contrast with that of Saudi Arabia which denies women basic rights such as having control over their personal lives. The recent case in which the King of Saudi Arabia “pardoned” a rape victim for getting raped is not possible in the Muslim nation of Indonesia which is moving steadily toward a democratic society.