Turkish City Cuts Salaries of Abusive Employees

One city in Turkey has authorized for half of the salaries of six employees to be paid to their wives because of domestic abuse.

Such compensation is authorized under the Family Protection Law, passed in April by the Diyarbakır Centre Sur District Municipality, Turkish Municipalities and the trade union for municipal workers. In addition, if a man is violent more than once, he may be fired.

Deputy Mayor Gülbahar Örmek explains the aim is to empower women economically. “A woman who leaves her home because of domestic violence can go to her father or other relatives with a certain force. Thus, the support for them increases.”

A copy of the act was given and explained to the employees’ wives. “Some women who were treated violently were ashamed to apply to us so we established contact with them,” Örmek revealed.

If the man has more than one wife, the salary and severance pay are given to the wife of the official marriage with the expectation that she will share it with the other wives. This stipulation seems a bit problematic since the compensation will not necessarily be given to the actual victim of abuse, but at least the husband will still suffer the consequences.

The act also rewards employees for sending their daughters to college with a bonus of of TL 100 (approximately $65 USD) provided they present a certificate. Örmek claims the act has received a positive response.

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119 comments

Geri M.

I fail to see how treating wife abuse as an illness has produced less violence. But hitting a man in the pocket, where his heart lies, that could yield some interesting results. Let's wait and see.

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ChanTlalok Rain C.

great, I agree with Jilaina, thanx Natasha.

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kenneth m.
kenneth m7 years ago

what a country

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Natalie Williams
Natalie Williams7 years ago

It's a partial solution . . .giving the aid directly to the woman who was abused when there are multiple wives (not just the official one) would be even better.

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jilaina w.
JILAINA w7 years ago

This is a great solution! Maybe we should implement this practice here

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Christine S.
Christine S7 years ago

I am impressed that Turkey is trying to reduce domestic violence.

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Andy W.
Past Member 7 years ago

Souds progressive but isn't.

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ellen H.
ellen H.7 years ago

I voted no this is one of those knee jerk answers that sounds good until you look at the big pic. violence to women or men is against the law arrest and prosecute the criminals. Losing money will not make him stop he needs therapy and incarsaration . thank god we are a country of laws even if some are flawed ellen halligan

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nikki s.
nikki s7 years ago

I absolutely agree with Tina Loflin and Shannon H. completely!! maybe we should try this here!!

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nikki s.
nikki s7 years ago

Perri D. you must be Kurdish, first of all what you wrote is incorrect. Diyarbakir is a Turkish city and Kurds are minorities there.You say they need their own nation however they are not going to accomplish that by trying to start a civil war with their terrorist activities in the countries they live in. You live in any country they should learn to speak that country's language and obey their laws etc. Do not try to give Kurds the credit for this action, educate yourself first before you leave a comment like that. The mayor is Turkish, city is Turkish and that city is in Turkey which belongs to Turkish people.Kurds live in mostly eastern part of the country and they have the highest domestic abuse toward their women and their children. Look it up in any country they live in.They don't have their own land so they try to start civil war or with their terrorist actions to divide and steal land that wasn't theirs to begin with in the first place.Again Look it up.You said they deserve their own nation, however they are not going to do that by trying to steal some other country's land AND the Kurds are NOT the ones taking this step, Turkish people are.

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