What can I do about domestic violence?

People who are exposed to domestic violence can benefit from many facilities. Although the concept of domestic violence has not yet fully developed in our society, we will explain your legal rights and resources you can rely on in detail under this heading. We hope that this concept ​will be used more effectively and actively in the near future.

Police Stations: Persons who have been subjected to any kind of domestic violence should first go to the police stations and make a complaint about the violence against them and seek protection. People who do not have the opportunity to go to the police station can also call the police station. In the complaint, the details of the violence should be explained and the feared or possible risks should be clearly stated. If the victim requests protection from the state and a complaint is made about the spouse committing the violence, more effective solutions can be found for victims of violence. There are special regulations on domestic violence and at police stations you can find many educational brochures. You can learn about all your legal rights at the police stations.

Public Prosecutor: Give a petition to the Public Prosecutor's Office to file a criminal complaint for being exposed to violence. In your petition, you can also rely on your rights as stated in the law on the protection of the family and the prevention of violence against women. Public prosecutors will take the necessary measures and immediately file a lawsuit against the perpetrator of violence. Of course, the main criterion for the Public Prosecutor to file a lawsuit is the presence of violence. If an application is made to the Public Prosecutor due to untrue allegations, the Public Prosecutor will decide not to prosecute after the investigation.

Bar Associations: Women's rights commissions have been established in bar associations for people who have been subjected to any kind of domestic violence. It is an authority where you can reach many lawyers who will follow the legal procedures and inform you about your legal rights. These services will be provided free of charge for those who cannot seek legal advice from a lawyer due to economic reasons.

Health Institutions: You can go to your nearest health institution to document the violence you have suffered. The report detailing the violence you have suffered, forms the basis of the legal protection you will receive.

Non-Governmental Organizations: NGOs do very useful work on women's rights. Many NGOs have been established especially to protect the rights of women who have been subjected to violence. Various facilities are offered to women who are exposed to violence in NGOs. NGO's provide all kind of support such as informing you about your legal rights and asylum.

Main NGOs you can get help from are as follows:

8 March Women's Platform 0212 232 10 00

Mother-Child Education Foundation 0212 225 00 63

Mother and Baby Health Foundation 0216 345 52 54

Modern Education Foundation 0212 256 02 68

Modern Life Support Association 0212 273 16 32

Child Abuse. and Rehabilitation 0216 348 05 24

Children's Foundation 0212 240 23 83

Republic Foundation 0212 512 05 05

Solidarity Foundation 0212 631 14 50

Working Women's Union Culture and Art Center 0212 245 31 69

Istanbul Child Health Association 0212 230 59 13

Istanbul Education Culture Foundation 0216 326 34 15

Istanbul Education Foundation 0212 251 06 04

Istanbul Association for the Protection of Sick Children 0212 588 49 18

Istanbul Charitable Organizations 0216 323 16 12

Ka-Der (Association for Supporting Women Candidates) 0212 274 09 54 – 55

Kadıköy Health Education Center Foundation 0216 348 68 28

Women's Research Association 0212 511 98 26

Foundation for the Evaluation of Women's Work 0212 249 07 00

Women's Works Library Bilgi Mrk Foundation 0212 534 95 50

Research and Development of Women's Rights 0216 359 82 87

Association for the Protection of Women's Rights 0212 245 77 99

Women's Human Rights Project 0216 357 21 42

Our Women's Idea and Culture Association 0216 349 03 79

Purple Roof Women's Shelter Foundation 0212 248 16 80

Association for the Readaptation of the Psychiatric Patients 0212 247 69 41

Street Children Association 0212 231 95 73

Turkish Education Foundation 0212 275 52 60

Turkish Culture Foundation 0212 246 23 28

Tuvana Education Foundation for Children Willing to Read 0212 282 89 16

Hope Children's Association 0212 297 61 06

Association of Families with Disappeared Relatives 0212 635 28 64

Let's Share the Life Kadıköy Women's Group 0216 346 45 60

Municipal Women's Counseling Centers: Women's Counseling Centers have been established in many municipalities for the protection of Women's Rights. These centers can provide economic, legal, medical and consultancy support to women. Some municipalities also have shelters. In order to benefit from these facilities of municipalities, you need to go to the municipality and contact the municipality by phone.

Provincial Directorate of Social Services: The Provincial Directorate of Social Services provides Women's Shelter and Counseling and Guidance services for women's rights. Applications to stay in guesthouses and shelters must be made to the provincial social services directorates. Privacy and security in the guesthouses is at a very high level. The address and phones of the organization are confidential. Information and documents regarding the women staying in the guesthouses is not being disclosed. There is no coercion or sanction against women. Legal counseling and guidance services are given to individuals, but the decision is left to the individual. Women in shelters can bring their children between the ages of 0-12 with them. Confidentiality and safety apply equally to children. If the person staying at the shelter has a child over the age of 12, the children are transferred to an appropriate institution by taking into consideration the opinions of the experts. The duration of stay in the guesthouses is 3 months. However, this period can be extended. Women staying in the guesthouses can leave the guesthouse at any time by submitting a petition to the organization. There are many facilities available in the guesthouses including psychological and legal support, security, protection, shelter, employment, child care, small-scale economic support, financial support, guidance on the use of social assistance funds, assistance in finding a house for those who want to rent a house, health services and kindergartens.

Alo 183: It is a free hotline for victims of violence. Guidance and counseling services are offered to victims of violence on all matters.