Alcohol leading factor in domestic violence: prosecutor's office

According to a survey conducted by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office this week, 81 percent of the people who perpetrate violence on their partner drink alcohol regularly.

Alcohol leading factor in domestic violence: prosecutor's office

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According to a survey conducted by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office this week, 81 percent of the people who perpetrate violence on their partner drink alcohol regularly, showing that alcohol consumption is one of the leading factors associated with domestic violence.

The survey, which was carried out with people who had been exposed to violence and whose cases had been taken to court, indicates that 60 percent of the victims were housewives.

Of the perpetrators of violence, housewives account for 4 percent.

Ankara Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Zeki Bayrak stated that at least four women have been killed by their partners in Ankara since the beginning of 2013.

In the survey, 69 percent of the couples were married and 8.5 percent of the couples were unmarried.

Thirty-six percent of the woman who were exposed to violence only had primary school education. The survey also suggests that as the number of the children increases in a family, there is a decrease in violence at home.

İbrahim Ethem Kuriş, the Ankara Chief public prosecutor, stated that they carried out around 8,500 investigations into reports of domestic violence in 2012 in Ankara alone and 77 percent of the victims were women.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday that some 25,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported to police in the first four months of 2013, meaning that there is an incident of domestic violence every 7.5 minutes.

The ministry also stated that the women who are exposed to violence can give a statement at the Violence Prevention and Monitoring Centers (ŞÖNİM) instead of at police stations. ŞÖNİM was opened under Law No. 6284, which relates to the protection of families and prevention of violence against women and came into force in March 2012.

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