It is good to see a concerted effort to prevent this. Will we one day need such “special teams” in the United States?
“Turkey: Special Teams To Stop ‘Honour Killings,'” from ANSAmed, November 17 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – ANKARA, NOVEMBER 17 – A special team will operate in the South Eastern province of Mardin to stop “honor killings”, daily Hurriyet reported. “Emergency action teams” formed by the Association for Preventing Honor Crimes and Validating Female Potential (Toder) will be working in 20 villages around Mardin. The team includes the villagÃ©s teacher, opinion leader, nurse and reverend. “The team will inform us in case a dangerous event happens in the village and we will contact the related parties; we will have the chance to intervene before an honour killing happens”, Zeynep Alkis, president of Toder, said.
“A total of 1,985 women died from domestic violence in last two years, which makes almost three women a day“, Sebahat Balci, a Social Service Expert, said, adding that “in Europe more than a woman per week dies due to the violence from her husband or boyfriend”. “One-third of women are exposed to physical violence by her husband at least once in Turkey and domestic violence increases as the income increases and it decreases as education increases,” Balci declared. “Another research revealed that 89% of women are exposed to psychological violence and 39% are subject to physical violence, while around 30% of women are victims of domestic violence during their marriage when they are pregnant”, the expert revealed. (ANSAmed).