Posts tagged ‘EU’

May 20, 2011

Criminalising Forced Marriage?

The Home Affairs Select Committee announced yesterday that it supported the criminalising of forced marriage while maintaining the civil offence.  This has some relevance to the EU convention on Violence Against Women which our Government has been cautious about endorsing.  The main reason for the caution I understand, is because the convention sees Forced Marriage as a criminal offence.   It is potentially very important for the wider policy and funding for VAW services if this convention is implemented here, so watch this space.

Family Law.

April 17, 2011

EU Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against women and domestic violence

Perhaps not the catchiest title, but despite reservations from a number of countries including the UK, the committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a new convention against Violence against women.

It foresees creating a legal framework to prevent violence and to protect victims. It will need ratification by the government which I guess might not happen quickly. We are trying to understand what the Government’s caution is about ratifying convention, and when we have the answer we will let you know!