Turkey does not adequately protect women from domestic violence

Turkey does not adequately protect women from domestic violence

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ECHR: Turkish woman had to hide from ex-husband for years

(jur). Judicial authorities must not remain inactive for years when dealing with domestic violence against women and specific threats to life and limb. States are obliged to protect affected women from further violence, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Strasbourg (Az .: 646/10). According to this, Turkey must not restrict the legal basis for protective measures to married women. In this specific case, the ECHR criticized the discriminatory passivity of Turkish courts. This promotes a climate of domestic violence.

The applicant, a woman living in Istanbul, married her husband in 1997. From the beginning, the husband was violent towards her. Domestic violence not only led to physical injuries, but also to depression and chronic post-traumatic stress.

In July 2006, she fled from her husband. Her children were initially housed in a social facility. The woman divorced in 2007. She reported her husband to the prosecutor.

But the Turkish judiciary took its time. The mother was heard on December 15, 2006, but charges against the former husband were raised in February 2012. In the meantime, the ex-husband was constantly threatened with further violence and the death of the woman.

Multiple requests by the woman to the police and judiciary to protect her from her former husband were unsuccessful. The woman finally found protection with her children at the Turkish aid organization "Purple Roof", which hides women at risk of violence.

Before the ECHR, the complainant complained that Turkey had failed to protect her and her children from her husband. Only after more than five and a half years had a court banned the man from continuing to contact her. Women in Turkey are permanently and systematically discriminated against when it comes to violence against them.

The ECHR awarded the complainant compensation of EUR 19,500 and a further EUR 4,000 for costs incurred. The Turkish judicial authorities had not worked on the case for years. However, they would have an obligation to act as quickly as possible and would also have to take into account the victim's psychological, physical and financial risks. The complainant had been treated inhumane because of the inactivity.

The woman had to hide from her ex-husband for years because there is a legal basis for ordering state protection measures in Turkey for married people, but not for divorced women. This constitutes illegal discrimination. The passivity of the Turkish authorities has promoted the climate for domestic violence. The complainant is therefore entitled to compensation. (fle / mwo)

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