Russia: decriminalising domestic violence would be a clear sign of regression, says Secretary General JaglandStrasbourg 16/01/2017
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter today to the Chairpersons of...
A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women...
On the eve of the 25th of November, the Violence against Women Division invited all Council of...
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women. It is the obligation of the state to fully address it in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators. Failure to do so would make it the responsibility of the state. The convention leaves no doubt: there can be no real equality between women and men if women experience gender-based violence on a large-scale and state agencies and institutions turn a blind eye.