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.