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Gender-based violence (GBV) is violence that is directed against a person on the basis of gender. It constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, equality between women and men, non-discrimination and physical and mental integrity.
Gender-based violence remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time.It is rooted in gender inequalities and reinforces them. Gender-based violence harms women, families, communities and society .
EIGE provides access to existing statistics data and information on gender-based violence, aiming to support the institutions and experts engaged in preventing and combating gender-based violence in the European Union and beyond.
The European Parliament resolution on the elimination of violence against women (26 November 2009), the Council of the EU’s conclusions on the eradication of violence against women (8 March 2010), as well as the Council conclusions on Combating Violence Against Women, and the Provision of Support Services for Victims of Domestic Violence (6 December 2012) highlight the lack of available and comparable data in this area in the EU.
There is an urgent need for comparable data on gender-based violence in all of the 28 EU Member States. Through its knowledge centre, EIGE provides access to research, methods, tools and good practices in the area of combating gender-based violence.