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Number of cases of violence against women increasing, warns PACE

Strasbourg, 30.11.2012 - “Statistics indicate an increase in the number of cases of violence against women and domestic violence,” the members of the PACE Standing Committee warned at a meeting in Andorra today.

In a unanimously-adopted declaration, they called on member States to continue allocating adequate funding to shelters and assistance programmes for victims of violence, strengthen preventive measures and to sign and ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention which, once it enters into force, will make a tangible contribution to the protection of human rights, and help save thousands of lives. This declaration is part of activities organised by PACE’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination to contribute to the “16 days of activism against gender violence” proclaimed by the United Nations.