05/16/2011 04:18 pm ET | Updated Jul 16, 2011

Turkish Domestic Violence On The Rise

On sick leave for a month, Filiz Akdogan is making a point of not staying shut up in her apartment. On this day, she is dealing with her trauma by surrounding herself with friends and colleagues in a hairdressing salon in Maltepe, a lively district located on Istanbul's Asian shoreline. Still, she moves slowly so as not to revive the pain.

Three weeks ago, Akdogan, a pretty 27-year-old redhead with green eyes, was cutting a customer's hair when she was suddenly attacked by her ex-husband. Using a screwdriver as a weapon, the man stabbed her repeatedly -- in the stomach, lungs and an armpit. Akdogan survived only because her boss came to her rescue.

Read more on Worldcrunch

Subscribe to the Lifestyle email.
We’re basically your best friend... with better advice.