Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

(CETS No. 210)

Open for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe, the non-member States which have participated in its elaboration and the European Union, in Istanbul on 11 May 2011.

Entry into force: 1 August 2014.

Summary of the treaty

This new landmark treaty of the Council of Europe opens the path for creating a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.

The Convention also establishes a specific monitoring mechanism ("GREVIO") in order to ensure effective implementation of its provisions by the Parties.