Shelters have only been established in the region of Kurdistan at present and are supported by United Nations organizations. Several shelters have been set up by women's civil society organizations, and the Government provides security protection for these facilities, to which many victims of domestic violence turn for help. The services offered to battered women include legal support, health care, psychological services and accommodation for up to six months. The beneficiaries include different groups of rural and urban women. Kurdish is the main language used in these shelters, in addition to Arabic and the Turkmen language, which is rarely used.
In 2008, the government of the region established shelters for battered women in social welfare homes run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the region and the governorates of Irbil and Dohuk.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Iraq to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010