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Domestic violence - 03.11.2006

Local and regional authorities join the fight against domestic violence (new website)
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has launched a website in the framework of the Council of Europe's campaign ''Stop domestic violence against women''.
The site contains information on the campaign and to involve local and regional elected representatives. They are asked to describe their own experiences under the heading ''Good practices''.
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) contributes to tackle "gender-based violence" too, through its European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. The charter is aimed at the local and regional governments of Europe; it states that the signatory commits him/herself to establish and strengthen policies and actions against genderbased violence, including:
  • Providing or assisting specific support structures for victims;
  • Providing public information, in each of the mainlyused local languages, on the assistance available in the area;
  • Ensuring that professional staff have training in identifying and supporting victims;
  • Ensuring that there is effective co-ordination between the relevant services such as the police, health and housing authorities;
  • Promoting awareness-raising campaigns and educational programmes aimed at potential and actual victims and perpetrators.
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