Help end violence against women by ratifying the Istanbul Convention

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On the 8th June 2012 the UK Government promised to get serious about ending violence against women. They promised a law - the 'IC' - that would dramatically change the lives of all women in the UK.

Through the law they promised to:

  • Prevent violence against women

  • Protect women who are experiencing violence

  • Prosecute perpetrators of violence 

We are demanding the UK Government keeps this promise.

We don’t have time to wait. Every week an average of 2 women are killed by a partner or ex-partner in the UK. In England and Wales at least 233 women are raped every day and 31% have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16. Support services are overwhelmed and underfunded. 112 women and their 84 children were turned away from refuge on just one day this year.

We need to change this. And this law - the Istanbul Convention (IC) on Violence Against Women - is about making changes that have impact. It will make violence against women and domestic violence the priorities they should be.

Some of the many groundbreaking changes in the IC law are:

  • Preventing further cuts to domestic violence refuges and specialist support services

  • Providing sufficient shelters and sexual violence referral centres, psychological support, a free 24/7 helpline and legal aid

  • Providing education on topics such as domestic violence, personal integrity and healthy relationships

  • Criminalising issues such as FGM, forced marriage and psychological abuse

  • Ensuring all women have access to support– regardless of race, religion, disability or any other identity

 And the IC offers much more.

With the IC, the UK Government have promised real change. Women deserve this change. Change is within reach: I see change – do you? #ICchange