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.