Map source: Human Rights Watch

Turkmenistan, population 5 million, is located in Central Asia.

Although there are no official statistics available, domestic violence against women is reported to be common. Nevertheless, the Criminal Code does not specifically address domestic violence. Furthermore, those women who have sought divorce in court proceedings based on domestic violence are often unsuccessful, as the court usually recommends reconciliation. The problem is not usually discussed in society, and the majority of the victims of domestic violence keep silent, because they are either unaware of their rights or afraid of increased violence from their husbands and relatives. U.S. Department of State reports that in 2003 “there were a few court cases and occasional references to domestic violence in the media.” There was also one official women’s group in Ashgabat and several informal groups in other regions that supported victims of domestic violence.

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