Answer given by Ms Dalli on behalf of the European Commission
Tackling violence against women and domestic violence is a key priority for the Commission. The Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 sets out ambitious policy objectives, actions and goals to tackle gender-based violence and support victims.
As set out in the strategy, the finalisation of the EU’s accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence remains a key objective.
The Commission has committed to present a proposal on combating gender-based violence and domestic violence to achieve the same objectives as the Istanbul Convention, in areas under EU competence.
The proposal will address problems relating to all criminal acts of violence against women and domestic violence. It will address, among other matters, the need to strengthen public services, prevention and support, capacity-building of professionals and victim-centred access to justice.
More specifically regarding harmful practices towards women and girls, the Gender Equality Strategy also announces a recommendation on the prevention of harmful practices, such as forced marriage.
Finally, through its Citizenship, Equality, Rights and Values funding programme, the Commission funds projects tackling gender-based violence and violence against children, including violence experienced by e.g. migrant women, asylum-seekers and refugee victims, including early and forced marriage.