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Standards: Prevention
and Protection
Dr Shazia Choudhry, Reader in Law, Queen Mary,
University of London
• Awareness raising – Article 13
• Example: France ratified the Convention in July 2014. The French government launched a
campaign on sexual harassment in public transport in November 2015. The aim is to raise
awareness of the issue and of thepenalties, as well as to encourage reporting and bystander
• Education – Article 14
• Example: Italy ratified the Convention in September 2013. In 2014-15, the Italian government
developed a web series on violence against women, focusing on the role of men and how they
could choose non-violent behaviour towards women. This was then used to educate young
people in schools
• Training – Article 15
• Example: Spain ratified the Convention in April 2014. It has specialised bodies in the police
corps and judiciarydealing with violence against women, with appropriate training for staff
• Preventive Intervention and Treatment Programmes’ – Article 16
• Participation of the private sector and the media – Article 17
Protection – Intervention Principles
• Parties shall ensure that measures taken pursuant to this chapter shall:
• – be based on a gendered understanding of violence against women and domestic
violence and shall focus on the human rights and safety of the victim;
• – be based on an integrated approach which takes into account the relationship
between victims, perpetrators, children and their wider social environment;
• – aim at avoiding secondary victimisation;
• – aim at the empowerment and economic independence of women victims of
• – allow, where appropriate, for a range of protection and support services to be
located on the same premises;
• – address the specific needs of vulnerable persons, including child victims, and be
made available to them.
• The provision of services shall not depend on the victim’s willingness to press
charges or testify against any perpetrator.
Key Provisions for Services – Chapter IV
• Clear and concise information – Victims must be supported with access
to clear and concise information, in a language they understand;
• Accessible shelters – Member States have to ensure that shelters are
accessible in sufficient numbers (1 family place per 10,000 inhabitants)
and adequately distributed across the country;
• Telephone helplines – Member States are obliged to ensure state-wide
24/7 telephone helplines available free of charge. Helplines are essential
in offering immediate expert advice and pointing victims towards safety;
• Specialised help centres – Member States are obliged to ensure easily
accessible rape crisis or sexual violence referral centres to provide
immediate medical counselling, care and forensic services.
• Reporting:
• Encourage reporting by relatives, witnesses, general public
• Possible for professionals to report but subject to confidentiality rules
• General Services:
• Accessible, long-term support directed to victim's recovery.
• Legal and psychological counseling, financial assistance, housing, education, etc.
• Health and social care: detection role..
• Trained professionals.
Support of Children:
Sensitive response to children in all services.
Due regard to the best interests of the child.
Age-appropriate psychosocial counseling
Assistance in individual or collective complaints:
Ensure information and access to applicable
regional and international mechanisms.
i.e.: ECHR, CEDAW, European Social Charter