Experiences and Perceptions of Abused Turkish Women Regarding Violence Against Women


Bahadir-Yilmaz E., ÖZ F.

Community Mental Health Journal, vol.55, no.4, pp.686-692, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10597-018-0350-9
  • Title of Journal : Community Mental Health Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.686-692
  • Keywords: Violence against women, Abused women, Qualitative, Experience, Perception, INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, MENTAL-HEALTH, EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM, MARITAL VIOLENCE, MARRIED-WOMEN, HELP-SEEKING, RISK-FACTORS, PREVALENCE

Abstract

© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.This study qualitatively explored abused Turkish women’s experiences and perceptions regarding violence against women. The research sample comprised 30 women who were seen by the police and referred to the Family Counseling Center between 2 October 2012 and 30 August 2013 due to domestic violence. Study data were collected using a Demographic Information Datasheet and a Semi-Structured Interview Form. Qualitative data were gathered using face-to-face interviews, which were transcribed verbatim then analyzed and interpreted to determine themes using the conceptual framework. Qualitative analysis yielded five themes: (1) being subjected to all types of violence; (2) everything is an excuse for violence; (3) forgetting what it is like to be a woman; (4) having to continue the marriage against her will; (5) being forced to do some things involuntarily in order to reduce the violence. In the light of these results, it seems that multidisciplinary approaches are required in order to support women both psychologically and socially. Women need to be supported in order to determine their mental health problems and to get the required medical assistance.