This briefing supports the ‘Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill’. The Equality and Human Rights Commission considers violence against women and girls (VAWG) to be ‘one of the most pervasive human rights issues’ in the UK, leaving behind a devastating impact on people’s lives.
As a UN-accredited National Human Rights Institution, the Commission’s role is to encourage, monitor and report on the UK’s ratification of and compliance with international human rights instruments. We believe that ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a vital step towards improving the UK’s compliance with international human rights standards, as well as strengthening the domestic framework for protecting and supporting women and girls. Compliance with the Convention requires stronger legal protections, improved coordination of work to prevent violence against women and girls across the UK, and adequately funded support services.
Last updated: 15 Dec 2016