The project was implemented under the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (Horizontal Facility II) 2019-2022, a joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe.



*The action came to an end on 30 June 2021 following Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention effective as from 1 July 2021.


about the project

The project aimed to strengthen local authorities’ capacity to respond to cases of violence against women and domestic violence in compliance with European standards on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, especially with the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).

The project promoted a comprehensive and right-based approach to end violence against women in accordance with the Istanbul Convention, which Turkey ratified in 2012.

Building on recommendations of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), the monitoring mechanism of the Istanbul Convention, the project focused on increasing the knowledge and skills of key authorities to prevent all forms of violence against women, including domestic and sexual violence, to effectively protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.

More specifically, the project aimed to:

  • strengthen in-service training for legal and law enforcement professionals, including judges, prosecutors, police and gendarmerie, and for support service providers and other public officials through revision and development of training programmes and curricula and through conducting training of trainers, cascade trainings and a tutored HELP online training course
  • enhance coordination and multi-agency cooperation through peer-to-peer exchanges, sharing promising practices and development of guidelines and practical tools
  • increase awareness of relevant stakeholders on judicial support services for women victims of violence through provincial seminars and publications
  • increase awareness of the need for data collection on cases of violence against women, including sexual violence, among public officials through a study visit and an international seminar
Project publications and translations

 Project leaflet - ENG 

 General leaflet on the Istanbul Convention - TR

 Q&A on the Istanbul Convention - TR

 Info graphics on the four pillars of the Istanbul Convention – TR

 Borchure  on the four pillars of the Istanbul Convention - TR

Reports and studies

  • Ensuring Data Collection and Research on VAW and DV, Art. 11 of the IC - ENG / TR
  • Risk Assessment Standards and Methodologies for diverse stakeholders in Ukraine -  ENG / TR
  • Report on the webinar: Administrative data collection and analysis on violence against women and domestic violence - ENG / TR
  • Assessing and managing risks in cases of violence against women and domestic violence - ENG / TR
  • Trainers’ manual: Effective multi-agency co-operation for combating domestic violence - ENG / TR
  • Towards the Establishment of a Multi-Agency Cooperation Mechanism in Ukraine - ENG / TR

Videos on data collection on violence against women

Testimony of Biljana Brankovic

Testimony of Rosa Logar

Testimony of Gulriz Uygur

Testimony of Ilknur Yuksel Kaptanoglu


Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services of Turkey

Ministry of Justice of Turkey

Ministry of Interior of Turkey (including the Police and Gendarmerie)

The Justice Academy of Turkey

European Union Delegation to Turkey


The project co-operated with different state institutions at central and local level as well as international and non-governmental organisations working in the field of combating and preventing violence against women and domestic violence and gender equality.


The project was implemented by

 the Capacity Building and Co-operation Projects Unit at the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Division

 Marta Becerra, Head of Unit, Project Manager

  Senem GUROL, Project Adviser 

together with

 the Council of Europe Office in Ankara

Kivilcim SUBASI, Project Assistant



24 November 2019 - 30 June 2021


The European Union