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Enhancing protection for women subjected to violence

Background

A social issue that goes beyond any cultural, geographical, religious, social and economic boundaries, violence against women remains a major problem in Turkey. In order to offer better protection to women subjected to violence, a law came into force in 2012 allowing for the use of communications technology, electronic surveillance and support systems to enforce protective and preventive orders. Their application was piloted in two provinces. However, it was necessary to improve the services offered by women’s shelters by providing them with a fleet of minibuses to enable the speedy transfer of the women victims of violence and their children to safety.

The aims of the project and its core activities

The objective of this project, part of the government’s overall effort to safeguard women’s human rights, is to assess the feasibility of the use of electronic devices in order to enforce court protective and preventive orders and to improve the operations of shelters for women victims of violence.

A review will be conducted on the pilot use of electronic devices to protect the women victims of violence in Bursa and Adana provinces, where safety buttons were handed out to victims subject to a court decision. The outcome of this review, which will also take into account the experience of EU countries in applying similar systems, will form the basis of a new project to roll out the use of electronic systems nationwide.

In order to safeguard women and children who have been given protection orders by the courts in cases of emergencies, 135 minibuses are being procured for the women’s shelters and first step stations in 78 provinces. Previously, the transfer of women subjected to violence to services for protection was being handled by the services of third-party drivers and vehicles, which meant the safety of victims could not always be guaranteed. Providing the shelters with their own vehicles will greatly enhance the protection of vulnerable women and children and will enable to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.