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Implementing ECHR judgments: New factsheet on domestic violence cases

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights has issued the thirteenth thematic factsheet with a particular focus on domestic violence.

The factsheet on domestic violence focuses on measures taken by 12 member states in order to combat domestic violence, support victims and prosecute offenders and it is based on 18 judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The document is divided into 4 parts concerning: national integrated policies, legal protection, victim support and effective investigations, measures of prevention and awareness-raising as well as monitoring and data collection. According to the European Court, domestic violence is a general problem that appears in all member states. Therefore, it is important to provide them with effective measures and guidelines to help them deal with it.

Previous thematic factsheets covered issues such as freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and association, freedom of expression, migration and asylum, LGBTI persons’ rights, environment, effective investigations, constitutional matters, independence and impartiality, children’s rights, Roma and Travellers or conditions of detention. The main goal of thematic factsheets is to bring attention to possible changes to national law and European practice in particular areas based on the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

The full text of the factsheet is available here.