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Legal aid lawyers and access to justice for women victims of violence

Strasbourg 04/12/2020
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Legal aid lawyers and access to justice for women victims of violence

” [I] always had to confront the argument that the aggressor must not be evicted from the common dwelling when he had no other place to live. Now I can refer to this case and demand for the aggressor to be evicted when he poses risk for other family members because of him being aggressive. I understand that his right to property does not overcome victims right to physical integrity”. This is one of the reflections coming out from series of webinars of the EU/CoE Partnership for Good Governance II Programme regional action “Women access to justice: delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards”.  

From 1 to 4 December 2020, 27 legal aid lawyers from Georgia and the Republic of Moldova discussed international standards on access to justice and violence against women, including the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Istanbul Convention standards, gender sensitive approaches in dealing with cases of violence against women, and this approach  is crucial for their legal aid work with victims.