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Turkey launched a program against gender violence

Turkey has launched a new strategy against gender violence and that is the distribution among women at high risk of a device that can alert the police if they feel threatened, reported the Turkish station NTV.

The program was presented by the Minister of Social Affairs, Fatma Sahin, during a ceremony in Bursa, near Adana, one of two provinces that started the first phase of this pilot project, which is then extended to the whole country.

The so-called 'panic button' is a small device, hidden in a necklace or bracelet, that by simply pressing a line communicates with the National Police, which automatically satisfy itself the place where the woman and lead to her nearest patrol.

Now starts a training program for a hundred women, all victims of gender violence, to learn to use the button and know their limitations.

In recent years, Turkish society has become aware of the serious problem of sexist violence means, with hundreds of women murdered each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends or lovers.

There are no official figures on the number of victims, but the digital newspaper 'BIANET' includes cases that appear regularly in the press, according to which this year has seen an average of 14 murders a month, which would yield about 180 cases annually .

In 2011, at least 155 women were killed by men with whom they had maintained a relationship or emotional, in most cases (112) their husbands.

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