Tucked into one of the medina’s narrow streets is Beity, a shelter for women victims of violence and social-economic exclusion. There is nothing that indicates the nature of the place. « This is for security reasons », affirms the shelter’s director, Wafa Fraouis. The door opens to a vast central terrace, and the first-floor rooms open into the courtyard. A few young women are chatting discreetly as they keep an eye on their children, whose squabbles are the only sound to be heard throughout the shelter. With innocent insouciance they invade the courtyard, running in every direction. The three young women sitting on a bench here are single mothers. Their journies are marked by all kinds of violence.