EU potential accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

 

SUMMARY OF:

Decision (EU) 2017/865 — signing the Council of Europe Convention on violence against women on behalf of the EU as regards cooperation in criminal justice

Decision (EU) 2017/866 — signing the Council of Europe Convention on violence against women on behalf of the EU as regards asylum and non-refoulement

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISIONS?

KEY POINTS

FROM WHEN DO THE DECISIONS APPLY?

They have applied since 9 June 2017.

BACKGROUND

KEY TERMS

Violence against women: as defined in the Istanbul Convention, acts of gender‐based violence (i.e. violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately) that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
Domestic violence: as defined in the Istanbul Convention, all acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence that occur within the family or domestic unit or between former or current spouses or partners, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim.

MAIN DOCUMENTS

Council Decision (EU) 2017/865 of 11 May 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence with regard to matters related to judicial cooperation in criminal matters (OJ L 131, 20.5.2017, pp. 11-12)

Council Decision (EU) 2017/866 of 11 May 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence with regard to asylum and non-refoulement (OJ L 131, 20.5.2017, pp. 13-14)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), Strasbourg, 12 April 2011

last update 21.11.2017