This study aimed to establish a measure of violence against women, using uniform definitions and indicators on rape, femicide and intimate partner violence. It developed definitions and indicators to guide methods of data collection and thus facilitate Member State monitoring requirements under the Victims’ Rights Directive and the Istanbul Convention. By ensuring the reliability and comparability of data, these instruments become more effective in supporting Member States to respond to requests for data on violence against women.
The report deals with reported violence obtained through administrative data sources, as these are the most relevant in assessing institutions’ responses to violence against women. The report focuses on improving administrative data collection on the most serious forms of violence against women: rape, femicide and intimate partner violence. The police and justice sectors are each considered, given their potential to improve the availability and comparability of data on these forms of violence.