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UPDATED: 17:44, March 07, 2007
Turkey's women groups call for more efforts to protect victims of domestic violence
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Turkey's women organizations called on Wednesday for more efforts to protect victims of domestic violence in the country, local daily Today's Zaman (Today's Time) reported.

The women groups made the call one day before the International Women's Day, saying Turkey needs more women's shelters to protect victims of domestic violence.

According to the report, in the past 17 years, at least 6,000 women and 4,600 children found refuge in shelters functioning under the Social Services and Child Protection Agency (SHCEK).

They included women who were forced into marriage, thrown out of their family homes for extramarital pregnancy and victims of physical, sexual, economic, emotional or other types of abuse as well as potential targets of honor killings.

Turkey currently has 17 women's shelters under SHCEK that offer help for women and their children who are subject to domestic violence. Meanwhile, there are around 30 other shelters and associations providing women shelter.

Although there are no comprehensive statistics on gender-based violence in Turkey, representatives of the women's organizations indicated that many more women shelters are needed, said the daily.

A privately managed women's shelter in Konya in central Turkey currently hosts 250 women, but there are 2,000 others lining up to get in, a local newspaper correspondent Ozlem Dogan was quoted as saying.

Source: Xinhua

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