The following is a list of ten questions that will enlighten the details of Turkey's new law on violence against women:
WHO WILL BENEFIT?: Women, children and family members who have been subjected to violence or are at risk.
WHAT DOES 'VIOLENCE' ENTAIL?: Abuse or suffering as a result of any physical, sexual, psychological or economical action will from here on out be defined as 'violence'.
WHERE CAN VICTIMS SEEK HELP?: For help, victims of violence may contact the closest police station, the ALO 183 helpline as well as any 'Violence Prevention and Tracking Center' which will be set up in provinces throughout the country and will operate 24 hours, seven days a week.
WHO WILL DECIDE WHO NEEDS PROTECTION?: Local authorities and judges will decide who is eligible for protection services. Local authorities will provide shelter; consulting services and the state will offer childcare. Judges will be able to decide whether the victim should be relocated and given a new identity.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMITTING VIOLENCE?: Based on a judge ruling, perpetrators may be legally restrained from coming near the victim's place of work, home or school. They will have to be escorted while seeing their children. They may be forced to receive psychological treatment. If they carry a weapon, they may be made to hand it over. If they are employed they may be required to pay temporary alimony.
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