World Bulletin/News Desk
In addition to women's shelters, the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy has also opened shelters for men in need of social support. So far, the ministry has opened two “men's guesthouses,” one in İstanbul, with a 12-man capacity, and another in İzmir for 18 men.
The guesthouses were opened at the beginning of September. Violence against women is one of the most pressing problems in Turkey. The Turkish judicial system has attempted to take certain measures for its prevention. The ministry, which is focused on increasing the number of guesthouses for vulnerable women, offers 89 guesthouses in which 2,409 women currently live.
According to Law No. 6284 of the Law to Protect Family and Prevent Violence Against Women, victims of violence should be protected without discrimination between genders. As a result, and because the concept of a “victim of violence” has been recognized in the legal system, the ministry has an equal obligation to provide shelter services for men who have been exposed to violence. Thus the ministry, in accordance with the law, has opened its first male shelters. Since the beginning of September, male victims of violence have started to stay in the shelters. The ministry will consider increasing the number of male shelters if necessary.Last Mod: 13 Eylül 2013, 21:52