Council of Europe helps countries centralize data on services for victims of gender-based violence

The Council of Europe has developed a strategy to centralize information about support services for women who have been victims of gender-based violence.

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Why this story matters:

The methodology and tools used to create inventories of support services for female victims of violence were created by Professor Liz Kelly from the London Metropolitan University. They are in line with European standards to prevent and combat violence against women, which were agreed upon as the Istanbul Convention. The guidebook, called “Mapping support services for victims of violence against women in line with the Istanbul Convention standards,” aggregates data on support services based on specialized services for specific forms of violence, general services, and the organization which runs these services. Caterina Bolognese, the Head of the Gender Equality Division at the Council of Europe remarked,

“This is a great tool…It helps authorities collect data on support services and decide how to improve those services.” 

The guide supports member states in collecting data on resources for victims of gender-based violence, such as crisis support, legal advice, or counselling. It also includes key definitions and requirements from the Istanbul Convention. This data will help states understand where there are gaps in services so that they can provide them.

Details from the story:

  • The Council of Europe hosted a training seminar in November 2018 to show states how to use the guide to map support services for victims of violence against women and girls. 
  • The methodology was recently finalized based on member states’ feedback.
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