Domestic violence to be discussed, major abuse across Europe

The Council of Europe will be holding a seminar bringing together European experts as part of a campaign it has launched to combat violence against women, including domestic violence, which will be held in Portugal on July 5.

Domestic violence to be discussed, major abuse across Europe
The Council of Europe will be holding a seminar bringing together European experts as part of a campaign it has launched to combat violence against women, including domestic violence, which will be held in Portugal on July 5.

The Strasbourg-based human rights organization said here Wednesday that this seminar is held as "a lack of effective Europe-wide data collection on domestic violence against women is impeding attempts to combat the problem".

According to the Council, the seminar takes place at a time when domestic violence is being recognized as a major human rights abuse throughout Europe, with statistics pointing to the fact that "one fifth to one quarter of women have experienced physical violence at least once during their adult lives, and more than one-tenth have suffered sexual violence involving the use of force".

The seminar will focus at different approaches to data collection, including surveys among the population or administrative data from organizations and institutions which provide services for victims of such violence.

It will also focus on methods for collecting and using such data, and on international developments in matching data collection.

Meanwhile, a Council of Europe campaign against domestic violence has been launched to reach out to the European public through a "hard-hitting" TV spot.
The spot, which shows a woman facing the perils of urban crime only to come home to a violent husband, has been produced as a means of "showing that it is the private home, not the public space, that is dangerous to women in Europe," according to the Council.

The Council affirmed that the the spot, which is available in English, French, German and International versions campaign, aims to mobilize the general public behind the "Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, Including Domestic Violence".
The 47-nation Council of Europe hopes that the campaign will lead to a new awareness of the problem and a change in the way that women are protected in national law.

Statistics show that 12-15 percent of women in Europe face violence in the home every day. In this regard, the Council of Europe has decided that the time has come for this to stop and therefore launched a campaign in its member countries to criminalise domestic violence, ensure support for victims and foster new attitudes so that violence against women in the home will no longer be tolerated.

The Council of Europe is a political organization established in 1949. It works to promote democracy and human rights continent-wide. It also develops common responses to social, cultural and legal challenges in its 47 member states.
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