The disequilibrium of power between women and men is the root of domestic violence against women in Turkey. In traditional Turkish families, only a few women are involved in the decision-making processes, but this process still cannot be considered as being on an equal footing with men. Families with low social and economic statuses make women of all ages a subject of domestic violence.
Domestic violence against women ranges from emotional, spiritual and physical violence such as slaps, punches and kicks to assaults with a weapon. The majority of people, however, do not consider “mere” slaps and punches to be acts of domestic violence.