Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)
On 7 April 2011 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. It was presented for signature in Istanbul on 11 May 2011. The Istanbul Convention enters into force on 1 August 2014. Up to now, 17 states have ratified and 29 states have signed the Convention (as at 12 April 2018; the current number of signatures and ratifications can be found here).
Aim and contents of the Convention
The Convention aims at protecting the victims from violence and at ending the immunity of perpetrators. The extensive convention includes measures in the fields of prevention, support and care, as well as legal aid in processes subject to private and to penal law. Another chapter will be dedicated to the two subjects migration and asylum seeking.
Included are all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence by which women are affected above average (forced marriage, genital mutilation, stalking, physical and psychological violence, as well as sexual violence, etc.). The member states of the Convention are called upon to apply the Convention to all victims of domestic violence, meaning also men and children (cf. Art. 2). Reservations are only applicable in specified cases and under restricted conditions (Art. 78 et seq.).
An international, independent «Group of experts on action against violence against women and domestic violence» (abbreviation: GREVIO) is to be appointed to control on the implementation of the Convention.
- Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)
Official CoE Convention website
- Safe from fear, safe from violence
Thematic CoE factsheets
- The Istanbul Convention - A global tool to prevent and combat violence against women and girls