Turkey’s Interior Ministry announces measures to curb violence against women

Some 500,000 members of Turkish law enforcement agencies will receive training on violence against women according to a new circular the Interior Ministry has sent to the authorities in 81 provinces on Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reported

The ministry aims to establish special units in law enforcement to curb violence against women, while provincial and district governorates will convene meetings on the issue every three months, also inviting members of local civil society organisations and other relevant parties. 

The security personnel will also have the power to confiscate gun licences from suspects accused of violence against women through a court order. 

The use of electronic monitoring bracelets will be expanded to include perpetrators of violence as part of efforts to effectively implement Law No. 6248 on the Prevention of Violence against Women, Anadolu said. 

At least 474 women were killed by men in Turkey in 2019, according to figures announced by women’s rights group We Will Stop Femicide Platform.