The project was built on the lessons learned and tools developed under the Council of Europe project “Combating violence against vulnerable group (women and children) in Ukraine” which concluded in February 2018.

about the project

The recent changes in the Ukrainian legal framework, in particular, the enactment of the law on preventing and combating domestic violence in December 2017, are a landmark step in preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and an opportunity for the implementation of the new provisions to be in line with applicable international and European standards, in particular, the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention.

The project was focused on the prevention and support pillars of the Istanbul Convention and it aimed at:

  • tackling the prevention of violence against women strategically and in longer-term and by creating the necessary institutional mechanisms and supporting multi-agency coordination (Articles 7 and 10 of the Istanbul Convention)
  • strengthening the knowledge and capacities of those in charge of supporting victims at national and local level in particular by training professionals (Article 15) to realise the victims’ right to specialised support services (Article 22 of the Istanbul Convention) and their right to free legal aid (Article 57).

The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine




Ministry of Social Policy (Міністерство соціальної політики України)

National School of Judges (Національна школа суддів України)

National Police of Ukraine

National Academy of Public Prosecution

National Bar Association of Ukraine

Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision

The Council of Europe additionally co-operates with the Gender Equality Commissioner, different state institutions, non-governmental organisations and international and donor organisations working in the field of combating violence against women and domestic violence.

1 September 2018 - 31 December 2020
Sweden and donors to the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021

The project was implemented by

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

Jenna SHEARER DEMIR, Programme Adviser, Project Manager

together with

the Council of Europe Office in Kyiv

 Valeriia TKACHENKO, Senior Project Officer
Tetiana ANTONCHENKO, Project Assistant