Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence - Monitoring mechanism (2017)
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, entered into force on 1 August 2014. It is the first international treaty that establishes a comprehensive set of legally binding obligations to ensure a holistic response to all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence. It combines detailed provisions concerning preventing violence, protecting and supporting victims, and prosecuting perpetrators, with the obligation to develop a set of comprehensive policies that are to be implemented in a co-ordinated manner.
The Convention sets up a monitoring mechanism to assess how its provisions are put into practice and to provide guidance to the parties. This monitoring mechanism consists of two pillars: the Group of Experts on action against violence against women and domestic violence (GREVIO) and the Committee of the Parties.