On 7 April 2011, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted of a landmark new Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Convention CETS No. 210).
This Convention is the first legally binding instrument in the world creating a comprehensive legal framework to prevent violence, to protect victims and to end with the impunity of perpetrators. It defines and criminalises various forms of violence against women (including forced marriage, female genital mutilation, stalking, physical and psychological violence and sexual violence).
It also foresees the establishment of an international group of independent experts to monitor its implementation at national level.
The Convention was opened for signature in Istanbul on 11 May 2011 and was signed by 13 countries.
- EUROPE: Protecting women and girls from domestic violence with new convention (5 September 2011)
- TURKEY: "He Loves You, He Beats You": Family Violence in Turkey and Access to Protection (Human Rights Watch, May 2011)
- CRIN's Forms of Violence page on Domestic violence
Previous Paper: Briefing Paper items
- 15/09/2011: Poverty and gender inequalities: evidence from young lives
- 30/08/2011: Involving youth in development policy research: lessons learnt
- 25/07/2011: NORWAY: How to talk to children about traumatic events
- 18/07/2011: Enough on their plate - A briefing on food in young offender institutions for 15-17 year old boys
- 12/07/2011: Formas de violencia: **Violencia de Estado**
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