violence against women

4 out of 10 women subjected to physical or sexual violence by partners

Half of the women who suffer physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partners hide it. 225 women were murdered in Turkey this year.

4 out of 10 women are subjected to physical or sexual violence by their partners or spouses, according to a study on gender-based violence in Turkey conducted by the Institute of Population Studies of Ankara’s Hacettepe University, in collaboration with the Agency for the Situation of Women.

The results of the study, published this November 25 on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, show that around 40% of women in Turkey experience physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partners, and that approximately half of them do not tell anyone about their situation. Between January and October 2022 alone, 225 women have been murdered in Turkey, most at the hands of their partners, according to official figures.

The report also points out that 1 in 10 women in Turkey also suffer physical violence during pregnancy, while 12% of married women admit to having suffered some type of sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. In addition, half of the women say they have suffered some kind of emotional violence, and 3 out of 10 say they have suffered some form of bullying or harassment by a man at least once.

Finally, the study affirms that 1 in 3 women in Turkey suffers some type of economic violence: that is, the one in which the abuser seeks to control the woman by taking away her economic independence. Curiously, the data indicates that the percentage of women who suffer economic violence in cities (32%) is higher than in rural areas (23%).

According to figures released for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, worldwide 1 in 3 women – more than 640 million – aged 15 or over suffer physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partners: the figure, already alarming by itself, is even higher if violence perpetrated by men who are not their partners or spouses is taken into account. Intimate partner violence is in fact one of the most common forms of violence suffered by women, not only in Turkey but also in the rest of the world.