2 December 2012 Edition
MEP wants ratification of EU convention on domestic violence
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MARTINA ANDERSON MEP has signed a declaration calling on the EU to ratify the Council of Europe’s convention on domestic violence.
Women’s Aid in Dublin says that, in Ireland, one in five women experience domestic violence during their lifetime, and it is estimated that 213,000 women in Ireland are living with severe abuse from their boyfriends, husbands and partners.
Martina Anderson said:
“I find it unbelievable that while the combating and preventing violence against women and domestic violence convention of the Council of Europe was adopted 18 months ago; to date, only Turkey has ratified it.
“This is an unacceptable situation given that thousands of women die every year across Europe as a result of domestic violence. The fact is that domestic violence knows no boundaries — geographical or social class. It is therefore incumbent on all of us and on every government and institution to do all that we can to ensure that this Convention is ratified by all member states and implemented without further delay.”
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence says seven women die every day from domestic violence in the EU, the victims of domestic violence amount to an estimated one in five of all women, and the direct and indirect costs for the EU member states amount to €16billion every year.
The declaration urges the European Union to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and encourages the member states to do the same.
It also encourages the Commission and all member states to collaborate with civil society organisations working on violence against women in implementation of the Convention and instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Council, the Commission, the member states, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
If you need help regarding domestic violence, contact Women’s Aid
Helpline: 1800 341 900
Lines open from 10am to 10pm every day of the year except Christmas Day