Combating violence against women: minimum standards for support services
Violence against women is a violation of human rights, the very nature of which deprives women of their ability to enjoy
fundamental freedoms. It often leaves women vulnerable to further abuse and is a major obstacle to overcoming inequality
between women and men in society. Violence in the family or domestic unit occurs in every Council of Europe member state despite positive developments in law, policies and practices. States have a responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all their citizens. Therefore, states must ensure that they have taken all reasonable measures to prevent, investigate and punish all forms of violence against women, including in the family and domestic unit.
Relation: Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs Council of Europe, Strasbourg
"Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence" Action Plan