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Violence against women

The recognition and respect throughout Europe for the equal dignity and integrity of both women and men are major objectives of the Council of Europe. Practices which may be qualified as torture or inhuman or degrading treatment and to which women are preponderantly exposed by virtue of their sex, such as physical violence, rape, genital and sexual mutilation, traffic in women and girls are still common and have dramatically increased in some areas, both in quantity and intensity.

Violence against women is a serious obstacle to equality between women and men, and perpetuates inequality.
Since 1993, the Council of Europe has made the combat against violence one of its priorities.

Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence
Convention
Explanatory memorandum

The Council of Europe is currently preparing a convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which will set legally binding standards in this field.
Link to website Ad hoc Committee on preventing and combatting violence against and domestic violence (CAHVIO)

Information brochure: Working towards a convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

From 2006-2008, the Council of Europe ran a Campaign to combat violence against women, including domestic violence
Link to the website Council of Europe Campaign to combat violence against women, including domestic violence
Resulting document : EG-TFV (2008) 5 rev 1
Final Activity Report
Proposals for future action of the Council of Europe and its member States to prevent and combat violence against women

Factsheet on combating violence against women

Recommendation (2002) 5
Recommendation Rec(2002)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the protection of women against violence adopted on 30 April 2002 and Explanatory Memorandum

Non-official translations  :
Armenian / Azeri / Croatian / Dutch / Bosnian / Georgian / German / Greek

 Hungarian / Italian / Macedonian / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish / Turkish / Ukrainian

NEW: CDEG (2010) 12
Protecting women against violence
Analytical study of the results of the third round of monitoring the implementation of Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states

CDEG (2008) 2 rev
Protecting women against violence Analytical study on the effective implementation of Recommendation of the second round of monitoring Rec (2002) 5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states

CDEG (2007) 3
Protecting women against violence Analytical study on the effective implementation of Recommendation Rec(2002) 5 on the protection of women against women violence in Council of Europe member states

CDEG (2006) 3
Combating violence against women
Stocktaking study on the measures and actions taken in the Council of Europe member states

EG (2009) 3
 Vol I (Armenia to Lithuania) / Vol II (Moldova to United-Kingdom)  / French only (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland)
Legislation in the member States of the Council of Europe in the field of violence against women

European Court of Human Rights Chamber judgment - Opuz v. Turkey

EG-VAW-DC (2008) Study
Administrative data collection on domestic violence in Council of Europe member states

EG-VAW-CONF (2007) Study rev 
Combatting violence against women : Minimum standards for support services

CDEG (2005) 1
Forced marriages in Council of Europe member states

EG-SEM-MV (2005) Proceedings
Violence within the family: the place and role of men

EG-S-MV (2004) RAP FIN rev
Implementation of and Follow-up to Recommendation Rec(2002)5 on the Protection of Women against Violence

EG (2004) 5
Violence against women Compilation of the main texts of the Council of Europe since 1995

EG-SEM-MV (2004) Proceedings
Therapeutic treatment of men perpetrators of violence within the family
Seminar proceedings

EG-SEM-MV (2003) Proceedings
Measures dealing with men perpetrators of domestic violence

EG-SEM-VIO (1999) 21
Seminar men and violence against women
Proceedings

EG-BUC (1999) 1
Ending domestic violence : action and mesures
Proceedings of the Forum

EG-S-VL (1998) 1
Summary of the Plan of Action to combat violence against women

EG-S-VL (97) 1 
Final report of activities of the Group of specialists for combating violence against women (EG-S-VL), including a Plan of Action for combating violence against women

Texts of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Texts of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities