Violence against women (VAW) is a violation of human rights. Its very nature deprives women of their ability to enjoy fundamental freedoms.
Increasingly over the last decade, EU Member States have announced policies, and to a lesser degree services, intended to reduce or eliminate VAW. These policies are built, explicitly or not, on theories of change reflecting causal assumptions that determine the shape of new and historical interventions. Without data collection and analysis, these interventions are no more than someone’s good ideas, however well-intentioned their design and implementation.
Most importantly, data help us to establish the impact of policy and services on the problem — are we making a difference?
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