Violence against women is a human rights violation and a manifestation
of unequal power relations between women and men. According to a
survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, one
in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since
the age of fifteen. No Council of Europe member State is immune
to this phenomenon.
The Parliamentary Assembly has relentlessly condemned violence
against women and domestic violence and called for the drafting
of the Istanbul Convention, which has now entered into force. Violence
against women cannot be combated efficiently without reliable data.
Article 11 of the Istanbul Convention therefore calls on States
Parties to collect disaggregated relevant statistical data on all
the forms of violence covered by the convention.
Data collection is not only a technical issue, it can be a
powerful tool for targeting policy making in preventing and combating
violence against women. Systematic collection of data on violence
against women and its causes, consequences and prevalence is a precondition
for efficient action and should therefore become a reality in each
member State. Training of police and other officers concerned in
this field and investing in data collection systems should be encouraged.
Member States should also step up efforts to address the issue of under-reporting
of violence by rebuilding trust in the national authorities to whom