4 May 2001
Motion for a resolution
presented by Mrs Err and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only
the members who have signed it
1. Domestic violence is a most common form of violence against women and its consequences affect many areas of the lives of victims – housing, health, education and the freedom to live their life without fear and in the way they wish. This widespread phenomenon is common to all European countries and is not limited to any particular social group or class. Domestic violence can take a number of forms such as physical assault, sexual abuse and rape, threats and intimidation and should be recognised as crime.
2. Domestic violence should not be considered as a family matter only. It is a political and public problem as it concerns the violation of human rights and requires a very serious attitude on the part of public authorities to the protection of victims and prevention of domestic violence.
3. The Assembly recalls its Recommendation 1450 (2000) on violence against women in which it condemned all forms of violence against women as being a general violation of their rights as human beings and called the Committee of Ministers to draw up a European programme to combat violence against women.
4. A solution to the problem of domestic violence cannot be reached only through legal or educational measures. It demands profound changes in the mentality of people and the awareness of society in order to adopt a straightforward attitude to this problem.
5. Therefore, the Assembly calls on the members states of the Council of Europe to:
– outlaw in national legislation all forms of domestic violence and establish effective legal regulations providing for the immediate removal of the violent man from the family;
– elaborate a national plan of action against domestic violence;
– fund preventive work against domestic violence through national awareness-raising campaigns;
– support the victims of domestic violence by creating women’s shelters, providing financial support to social associations and emergency services;
– accord to the victims of domestic violence free legal counselling and assistance for starting legal proceedings and during them.
Signed : 1
Err, Luxembourg, SOC
Cryer, United Kingdom, SOC
Holovaty, Ukraine, LDR
Jones, United Kingdom, SOC
Mikutienė, Lithuania, LDR
Shakhtakhtinskaya, Azerbaijan, EDG
Shaklein, Russia, UEL
Urbanczyk, Poland, SOC
Vermot-Mangold, Switzerland, SOC
Zwerver, Netherlands, SOC
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
EDG: European Democratic Group
LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group