EVAW Welcomes UK Signing European Treaty On Violence Against Women

June 19, 2012

We are delighted that on 8th June the UK Government became the 20th member state of the Council of Europe to sign the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women (formerly the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence), the first such Convention at a European level. This will require the UK and other parties to put in place a comprehensive package of measures to address violence and abuse experienced by all women, regardless of their immigration status. In particular, that all women should have access to specialist support services (such as rape crisis and refuge provision, domestic violence services and support for ethnic minority women) and that policies must be developed to tackle attitudes and behaviours in order to prevent violence in the first place. We applaud the UK Government for taking this step. It sends a clear signal internationally that violence against women is a priority and we would urge the Government to move towards ratification quickly” For further info contact Holly Dustin: holly.dustin@evaw.org.uk Tel 07572 446 252 http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

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