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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

An Oifig Náisiúnta um Fhoréigean Baile, Gnéasach agus Inscnebhunaithe a Chosc

  1. The Development of a Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

 

The Development of a Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence 

 

The Council of Europe (CoE) approved the establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CAHVIO) in December 2008 to prepare one or more legally binding instruments "to prevent and combat domestic violence including specific forms of violence against women, and to protect and support the victims of such violence as well as prosecute the perpetrators."

The CoE Convention on Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence was agreed by the CoE in January 2011 and was opened for signature at the CoE Ministers Meeting in Istanbul in May 2011.

Although the Convention focuses on domestic and sexual violence against women, it also encourages Member States to apply its provisions on domestic violence to men. The Irish delegation argued strongly for the inclusion of domestic and sexual violence towards men to be included within the Convention.

Cosc has examined the Convention and has requested observations on potential policy and legislative implications from relevant government departments and state agencies.  Following receipt of the observations, consideration will be given to any issues which need to be addressed.  It is hoped that this will be quickly followed by a submission to the Government on the question of signature of the Convention by Ireland.  

The agreed Convention and Explanatory Memorandum along with further information on the Convention is available at the Council of Europe website.