The project aims at supporting the efforts of state authorities in preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, protecting the victims and prosecuting the perpetrators of violence as well as advancing gender equality.  

about the project

The Council of Europe focuses on providing the latest information and knowledge about the relevant European standards, in particular the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention), and its implications for national laws, policies and practices to ensure better support, protection and access to justice for victims and survivors of violence against women.

The project will focus on capacity and knowledge building on the Istanbul Convention and will ensure that an exchange of promising practices is promoted. The project will provide support for analysing gaps in policies and practices, developing modules and materials and practical tools, such as guidebooks and awareness raising materials, as well as conducting trainings, online courses and a study visit to exchange experiences with other Council of Europe member States.

Project Objectives

  • Strengthening policy and institutional framework for the effective application of European standards, notably the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards
  • Reinforcing the capacities of public officials (legal professionals, social workers, etc.) to deal with cases of violence against women and domestic violence;
  • Raising awareness of the general public and authorities on the prevention of violence against women and domestic violence, including gender equality.
Project publications

 Effectively investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating sexual violence cases: A manual for practitioners in Georgia English | Georgian

 Administration of justice on sexual violence crimes against women  English | Georgian

Other resources

 Videos - Combating sexism and gender stereotypes of women working in range of professions:

 Video - Georgia's ratification process of the Istanbul Convention English | Georgian 

 Series of interviews on the impact of the Covid-19 on women’s rights:

For more project publications and translations in Georgian, visit the website of the Council of Europe office in Tbilisi.



 Inter-agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Public Defender’s Office

Ministry of Internal Affairs

General Prosecutor’s Office

Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs

High School of Justice

The project additionally co-operates with different state institutions and non-governmental organisations, international and donor organisations working in the field of preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.


1 January 2020 - 31 December 2023


The project is implemented by

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

 Ségolène CHESNEAU, Project Manager

together with

 the Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi

 Mariam JAJANIDZE, Senior Project Officer
 Nino MACHKHANELI, Project Assistant