To improve law enforcement responses in the event of violence against women and domestic violence, law enforcement professionals can now learn more about the human rights dimension in tackling this violence through a new Council of Europe training course for a more effective and law enforcement-focused response. victims. The new HELP course on violence against women and domestic violence for law enforcement – jointly developed by the Council of Europe’s HELP Program and its Gender Equality and Violence Divisions against Women – provides detailed, practical and comprehensive training to improve the quality of law enforcement responses to cases of violence against women and support for victims’ access to justice.
It draws on the experience of several European police and law enforcement agencies, including Denmark, France, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden, and is based on the Convention of the Council of Europe on preventing and combating violence against women (“Istanbul Convention”) and on the follow-up work of the Expert Group on combating violence against women and violence domestic (GREVIO). The course can also be used by other frontline professionals dealing with cases of violence against women and domestic violence, such as social or health professionals, civil society organizations, students and other interested groups.