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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 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and its associated Explanatory Report were formally adopted by the Committee of Minister’s Deputies at the Council of Europe on 7 April 2011. The Convention was drafted during 2010 and 2011 by the Ad hoc Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, known as CAHVIO. Cosc represented Ireland at the CAHVIO meetings.

The Convention was opened for signature at the Council of Europe (CoE) Ministers Meeting in Istanbul in May 2011.  As of the 21st of May 2012, the Convention has been signed by 19 CoE Members and ratified by 1 Member (Turkey). The Convention will enter into force following 10 ratifications, including 8 CoE Member States.

The Convention primarily focuses on violence against women but it also encourages Member States to apply its provisions on domestic violence to men.

Cosc has examined the Convention, requested observations on potential policy and legislative implications from relevant government departments and state agencies and is now addressing the issues raised in preparation for 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