Violence against women is a general term given to the behavior of a man or men to physically, sexually, psychologically or economically harm or threaten a woman. Violence against women is a widespread problem worldwide and is a human rights violation that women are subjected to in many different areas of life.
The presence of violence reduces the quality of life of individuals, impairs their psychological health and negatively affects their daily lives. Especially when women become the targets of violence, they feel unsafe, fearful and in an environment that is not free in their daily lives. For this reason, all segments of society should fight together to prevent violence against women and work together to ensure the safety of women.
Especially in close relationships, if violent behavior occurs once, there is a high probability of recurrence. If violent behavior repeats in similar ways, it is called a “cycle of violence”.
Violence against women has negative effects not only on women's safety but also on men's health and well-being. Men who perpetrate violence should be supported to work on the underlying causes of their behavior and to stop these behaviors.
The consequences of violence against women do not only affect women's individual lives. This issue also has social, economic, and political implications. Data on the consequences of violence against women indicate that it limits women's economic, social, and political participation and hinders societal development.
As a result, violence against women is a widespread problem worldwide and, as mentioned at the beginning of the article, is considered a violation of human rights. Promoting gender equality, raising awareness, implementing policies, and individual efforts are important for solving this problem. Fighting violence against women is important not only for women's safety and well-being but also for men's health and social development.