This week's revelations from the Malatya Orphanage have turned all eyes in Turkey to the more general topic of violence within the family. Research carried out by the Turkish Republic Prime Ministerial Bureau on Families supports indictations that the physical and verbal abuse of children is not limited to orphanges, but occurs widely in families also.
According to the United Nations Children's Rights Agreement signed in 1994 in Turkey, children have, from birth, the right to live in a house not marked by violence. This is undermined by research which shows that in Turkey, small children over the age of 4 in particular are at the receiving end of physical abuse at home. Though studies show that 3% of the deaths of children between the ages of 1-4 are the result of violence in Turkey, the fact remains that much of the exploitation of children in the country is never made official.