“An Important Beginning for the Prevention of Violence Against Women: The Project for the Development and Extension of Data Collection Models”

An Important Beginning for the Prevention of Violence Against Women: The Project for the Development and Extension of Data Collection Models

The project was launched in March 2016 to create and disseminate a data collection model to provide a foundation for efforts to combat violence against women (VAW) in Turkey. The project will establish a model for the standardization of collected VAW data as well as the relevant technological infrastructure. It will be implemented across various women’s organizations to achieve more effective and stronger monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy activities. This will be accomplished not only through the standardization of collected data, but with better identification of the support services needed by women and children at risk of exposure to VAW, and the improvement of these. The state is taking efforts to step up in this area by highlighting the collective responsibility for data on VAW. 

As part of the initiative, literature on data collection methods in violence against women will be included and published in a bibliography. In June 2016, a workshop was held at Mor Çatı with the women involved thus far to specify the database requirements. After a database template that addressed these needs was prepared, a meeting was held with project advisors, and the plan was updated in line with their recommendations. Following the literature review, discussions were held on relevant methods of data collection, retention, and reporting with Turkish women’s and other rights-based organizations. In the weeks that followed, a best practices report on data collection methods for these organizations was released. The project and best practices report were presented at the 18th WAVE Conference in Berlin on October 19-21. 

We are planning to start the pilot of the data program by the end of January 2017. Following its first implementation, we expect to make minor changes and then finalize the program, and afterwards share our project with other women’s organizations in Turkey.

This project is executed by the Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation

Project Duration: March 2016 – February 2018, 24 months