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Report published on progress towards ratifying Istanbul Convention

Government to introduce Domestic Abuse Bill

The Home Office has published a report setting out measures being taken by the government toward ratifying the Council of Europe convention on combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention).

The report states that since signing the Convention in 2012 the UK government has strengthened the law, introduced new protective tools, and issued a range of guidance and support for frontline professionals.

The UK, says the report, complies with the vast majority of the Convention's articles and in most respects goes further than the Convention's requirements. Nevertheless, the government acknowledges that there is more to do. Therefore, it proposes to bring forward a Domestic Abuse Bill which will protect and support victims and make sure agencies effectively respond to domestic abuse. The Bill will also help the UK to deliver on its commitment to ratifying the Convention by extending extra-territorial jurisdiction over VAWG (violence against women and girls) related offences in England and Wales. In addition, the Devolved Administrations are also considering what legislative or other changes are necessary for compliance with the Convention in their territories.

For the report, click here.