Women’s Aid welcomes new measures to remove the last legal obstacle to ratifying the Istanbul Convention

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Women’s Aid welcomes the Government’s decision to extend legislation to protect women and their children from crimes committed overseas in its Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, which is the last step needed to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

The new legislation will mean that certain offences committed by British citizens can be prosecuted in UK courts, regardless of where they take place in the world. This measure is the last legal obstacle to ratifying the Istanbul Convention in the UK.

Women’s Aid has long campaigned, in partnership with IC Change and a wide range of other women’s organisations, for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention. This campaign resulted in MPs backing the bill in Parliament in February 2017 and the Government including a commitment to the protection of women and children in the latest Queen’s Speech.

Women’s Aid calls on the Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention as soon as the bill is passed.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Federation England said:

“This is a really significant step for survivors. Women’s Aid has long campaigned for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention and this latest announcement removes the last obstacle to ratification so let’s see the Istanbul Convention ratified as soon as the bill is passed.

“The Government has taken a crucial step forward in holding perpetrators to account wherever they commit their crime. The legislation must be delivered alongside specialist training for the police, judiciary and all parts of our public sector to give survivors confidence that the system will protect them and deal with their abusers effectively.

“We are pleased to see the Government is committed to making the Istanbul Convention a reality rather than a dream.

“Women’s Aid looks forward to working with the Government to ensure that it happens and that survivors are put at the heart of the new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.”

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