Obligatory counseling for domestic violence perpetrators
by Burcu Çalık
ISTANBULMay 06, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Burcu Çalık
May 06, 2015 12:00 am
To fight domestic violence, the government is preparing to introduce compulsory psychiatric treatment for people convicted for domestic violence. New regulations will allow the Family and Social Policies Ministry to handle the treatment, which was previously mandatory only when ordered by a court.
Minister Ayşenur İslam said repeat offenders in domestic violence cases sometimes eventually end up killing their spouses, and the treatment aims to prevent a repeat of acts of violence. İslam said the violence was not confined to acts against women, but rather it was a social problem. "Violence targeting women also targets children. A child who grows up in a family suffering from domestic violence turns to violence when he [or she] becomes an adolescent. So, it passes from one generation to the next," she said. Her ministry will now launch a comprehensive study to examine the profile of those resorting to domestic violence and those who do not.
Units of the ministry specializing in domestic violence cases will assess the psychological condition of offenders, and they will undergo treatment for anger management, addiction and other factors that may have led to the crimes they committed.
İslam said perpetrators of domestic violence should be monitored after they commit the crime and legal processes concluded as well. "Most murders take place after the legal process is over following the first offense of domestic violence when the couples are reunited or when they are split," she stressed.
Violence against women perpetrated by their spouses is a cause of concern, as public outcry on "femicide" continues to escalate. The government has launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the issue, alongside an action plan to tackle the violence. Amid new measures, which will soon be implemented nationwide, is a tracking system for domestic violence perpetrators and tougher sentences without the likelihood of a reduction of sentences in cases involving violence targeting women.