UK implementation of the Istanbul Convention: Baseline Evaluation

Published: 7 March 2024

Last updated: 7 March 2024

What countries does this apply to?

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a responsibility to promote the effective implementation of the human rights treaties the UK has ratified.

The UK ratified the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in July 2022. This is also known as the Istanbul Convention. Our report on how well the UK has implemented the Istanbul Convention examines issues including:

  • coordinated policies, including data collection and the strategic approach of the UK and Welsh governments
  • prevention, including school curricula and awareness-raising campaigns
  • protection, including support services and issues related to migration and asylum
  • prosecution, including the UK’s criminal law response to VAWG and experiences of the criminal justice system

This report was submitted to the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), and will inform GREVIO's baseline evaluation of the UK's compliance with the Istanbul Convention.

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