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Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women (Istanbul Convention) (2014)

  • Ilona TopaEmail author
  • Magdalena Półtorak
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Istanbul Convention as a Principal Legal Instrument in the Combat with Violence Against Women in the European States


Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) is a fundamental legally binding instrument in Europe, providing principles and specific measures for combating violence against women and domestic violence. It was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) on 7 April 2011 and entered into force on 1 August 2014. The Convention fills a significant gap in the human rights protection for women in Europe and frames the elimination of violence against women in the wider context of achieving substantive gender equality. It also reinforces international actions to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence on global level.


Violence against women is a common, worldwide phenomenon: it takes place in different societies irrespective of their political...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public International and European Law, Faculty of Law and AdministrationUniversity of SilesiaKatowicePoland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Katarzyna Cichos
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  1. 1.Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in WarsawWarsawPoland