Vienna, 24 April 2014 – The new Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence will come into effect in August after Andorra and Denmark have deposited the tenth and eleventh ratification instrument. "This means we have reached an important goal of Austria's chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Together with my Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Davutoglu, I have applied myself to the convention entering into force as soon as possible to achieve a uniform, high international standard of protection for women", Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.
The Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence was adopted by the Council of Europe in May 2011. It is the first legally binding instrument committing states to take action against gender-specific and domestic violence. It provides comprehensive measures to combat all forms of violence against women and to protect all other victims of domestic violence. Austria ratified the Convention on 14 November 2013. According to a study of the Vienna-based EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, every third woman is a victim of violence. These findings illustrate how important it is that all member states of the Council of Europe accede to the Convention.
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