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How well do you know the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence?

 

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  • Question 1 / 11

    According to the convention cases of violence against women are so widespread in our societies because:

    • Answer A
      women are by nature physically weaker and easily fall prey to such violence.
    • Answer B : over the past few decades there has been an increase in alcohol and drug abuse, as well as in the number of people with aggressive mental disorders.
    • Answer C : violence against women is both a consequence and a cause of inequality between women and men - in society and in the family - and is perpetuated by a culture of silence and denial.
    • Answer D : women are gaining more and more access to education, jobs and power and that is resented by men.

  • Question 2 / 11

    In the convention, what is actually meant by domestic violence?

    • Answer A
      Violence between current spouses or partners.
    • Answer B
      Violence between any members of a family or domestic unit living in the same household.
    • Answer C
      Violence between any members or former members of a family or domestic unit, regardless of whether they live in the same household or not.
    • Answer D
      None of the above.

  • Question 3 / 11

    If the police are called to a residence to intervene in a domestic violence incident and the victim is found in a situation of immediate danger, the convention establishes that:

    • Answer A
      specially trained police officers can mediate between the victim and the perpetrator, allowing both parties to stay safely at home.
    • Answer B
      the perpetrator can be removed temporarily from the residence even if he/she is its sole owner and is barred from contacting the victim.
    • Answer C
      the perpetrator can be removed from the residence, but only if he/she shares the property with the victim or if the victim is its sole owner.
    • Answer D
      the victim can immediately be sent to a shelter where he/she will be provided with the necessary help and support.

  • Question 4 / 11

    If a perpetrator claims that he/she committed an act of violence to punish a victim for not behaving according to his/her customs, religion or culture, the convention establishes that:

    • Answer A
      the cultural, religious or traditional identity of a person must always be taken into account when handing down a sentence. Not ensuring this would constitute discrimination.
    • Answer B
      any justification of a crime on the basis of culture, religion, tradition or so-called "honour" is unacceptable and may not be used to reduce a sentence.
    • Answer C
      any justification of a crime on the basis of culture, religion, tradition or so-called "honour" is in principle unacceptable. However, under certain conditions it may be used to reduce a sentence.
    • Answer D
      none of the above.

  • Question 5 / 11

    When a victim and a perpetrator of domestic violence have children in common, the convention establishes that it is in the best interests of the child to:

    • Answer A
      always allow contact between the perpetrator and his/her children. It is beneficial for a child's development to remain in contact with both parents.
    • Answer B
      only allow contact between the perpetrator and his/her children if a risk assessment has been carried-out and if supervision during contact visits is ensured.
    • Answer C
      never allow contact between the perpetrator and his/her children. The perpetrator loses automatically his/her custody and visitation rights as soon as he/she has committed an act of violence.
    • Answer D
      none of the above.

  • Question 6 / 11

    Does the convention encourage men and boys to play an important role in the prevention of violence against women?

    • Answer A
      No. Although prevention can help somewhat, this is a private issue that only concerns women. It is the obligation of the government to prevent violence against women and domestic violence.
    • Answer B
      No. Prevention has little or no effect on the number of cases of violence against women in our society. Governments need to focus on stronger sanctions.
    • Answer C
      Yes. Men and boys can contribute to the prevention of violence as role models, agents of change and by supporting equality between women and men.
    • Answer D
      Yes. Men and boys can help prevent such violence by learning how to refrain from committing such violence.

  • Question 7 / 11

    The convention establishes that for a person to be considered as a victim of sexual violence, including rape:

    • Answer A
      there has to be proof that the victim was forced and that they physically resisted the sexual act.
    • Answer B
      there has to be proof that the victim did not consent to the sexual act or was coerced into participating in it, even if there is absence of physical resistance.
    • Answer C
      there has to be proof that the victim had not consented to sexual acts with the perpetrator in the past.
    • Answer D
      none of the above.

  • Question 8 / 11

    According to the convention, which of the following types of behaviour constitutes stalking?

    • Answer A
      When a person repetitively follows and observes another person, including in the virtual world.
    • Answer B
      When a person repeatedly engages in unwanted communication with another person by means of phone calls, e-mails, letters.
    • Answer C
      When a person's property, image or close relatives and friends are targeted by threatening or destructive behaviour.
    • Answer D
      All of the above.

  • Question 9 / 11

    Does the convention cover male victims of domestic violence?

    • Answer A
      Yes, because the number of cases of domestic violence against men are just as widespread as those of domestic violence against women.
    • Answer B
      Yes, because men can also be victims of domestic violence, although the vast majority of victims continue to be women.
    • Answer C
      No, because there are no cases of domestic violence against men.
    • Answer D
      No, because incidents of domestic violence against men are never as severe as those against women.

  • Question 10 / 11

    If parents take their 16 year-old child to another country under a pretence, and have arranged for their child to be married without his or her knowledge, the convention establishes that:

    • Answer A
      this falls under parental rights/responsibilities and the parent(s) may not be prosecuted.
    • Answer B
      this is not a criminal offence if the forced marriage was not concluded, but it can lead to other legal sanctions for taking the child out of the country under pretence.
    • Answer C
      this is a criminal offence which leads to prosecution, even if the forced marriage was not concluded.
    • Answer D
      parental rights shall be withdrawn.

  • Question 11 / 11

    The role of the media in shaping our opinion of women, sex and violence is:

    • Answer A
      addressed in the convention because the way women are portrayed in the media keep alive stereotypes of women as weak, passive, sexually available or deserving of violence.
    • Answer B
      addressed in the convention because research has proven a clear link between what we see on TV and what we do in real life.
    • Answer C
      not addressed in the convention because it is not important.
    • Answer D
      not addressed in the convention out of respect for the freedom of the media.

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