The Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme and the Council of Europe Violence against Women Division have together created the free online course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.
This online course covers in an interactive way the key concepts, the international and European legal framework and the European case law governing the prevention and protection of women and girls from violence, focusing in particular on the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
Violence against women is a grave violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women. It can take many forms, such as physical violence, sexual abuse, stalking, female genital mutilation or forced marriages. Despite some positive developments in law, policies and practices, violence against women, including domestic violence occurs everywhere.
Violence against women is a complex issue, particularly when it occurs within the home, which can be compounded by the response of authorities to whom women turn for help. A comprehensive European course on the topic for a better understanding of violence against women and domestic violence by legal professionals was therefore needed.
The free HELP course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence offers a comprehensive curriculum to improve the quality of the judicial response in violence against women cases and support the access to justice for victims of violence while prosecuting perpetrators.
The course consists of the following substantive modules:
• Understanding violence against women and domestic violence
• International and European Legal Framework
• Overcoming barriers / access to Justice
• Criminal Justice Response I – Investigation and pre-trial
• Criminal Justice Response II – Trial and sentencing
• Civil Justice Response
• Alternative Dispute Resolution