Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)



Global Truce 2012

"Reducing Domestic Violence" Coalition


Every day, women are stalked, harassed, raped, mutilated, forced by their family to enter into a marriage, sterilised against their will or psychologically and physically abused in the “safety” of their own homes. The examples of violence against women are endless, its victims countless. Many women are afraid or ashamed to seek help, often paying for their silence with their lives. Those that do speak out are not always heard. Domestic violence is another form of violence that is far too common and that affects not only women, but men, children and the elderly as well.

The Council of Europe efforts to eliminate violence against women started in the 90s and have crystallized in the adoption in 2011 of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence,, the Istanbul Convention.

The Istanbul Convention is the most far-reaching international treaty in this field. It aims at zero tolerance for violence against women and domestic violence and is a major step forward in preventing violence, protecting victims and ending with impunity. It provides a model for concrete action both in Europe and beyond. Achieving ratification by a maximum of States has become a major objective.

Peace One Day has partnered with “The Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation” to support the Global Truce 2012 campaign. The global initiative was launched in London on 21st of March 2012. “Reducing Domestic Violence” brings together a coalition of partners dedicated to reducing domestic violence worldwide on Peace Day 21 September 2012. For more information on being part of the Coalition and taking action to reduce domestic violence please visit:  

Relevant documents


Statement by Marja Ruotanen, Director of Justice and Human Dignity, Council of Europe

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Background information

Invitation to join Global Truce 2012

Online Membership Form

Global Truce 2012

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