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Helping children who witness domestic violence

Strasbourg, 12.03.2010 - PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Paris today, called for the appropriate inclusion of the aspect of children who witness domestic violence into a future Council of Europe Convention focussing on violence against women. It invited member states to develop comprehensive social services and educational strategies aimed at preventing the intergenerational transfer of domestic violence.

The report, presented by Carina Ohlsson (Sweden, SOC), also proposed to develop the Council of Europe Platform on Children’s’ Rights launched in June 2009 in order to further mainstream and more efficiently co-ordinate children’s issues in Council of Europe activities, thus enhancing their visibility and impact at national level.