Combatting Violence against Women: European Added Value Assessment (+ Annexes I-II)

15-11-2013

Over and above the adverse and onerous consequences for female victims, violence against women brings with it significant costs for communities, societies and nations, affecting public well-being, health and safety, productivity, law enforcement and public budgets. It is estimated that the annual cost to the EU-28 of gender-based violence against women amounted to EUR 228 billion in 2011, or 1.8% of EU GDP. Although this problem, and the urgent need to address it, has been acknowledged, the current EU framework for fighting violence against women presents important shortcomings at different levels: national legislations of the 28 EU Member States offer unequal protection of women against all forms of violence; several international and regional instruments on combatting violence against women have been adopted but lack effectiveness in national legal orders; and despite undeniable progress, the measures adopted at EU level present important lacunae, notably in terms of prevention. Annexes: I - Assessing the necessity and effects of intervention at EU level by REGINE research programme on Gender (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) II - Economic and legal aspects of the added value of measures to combat violence against women by Professor Sylvia Walby and Philippa Olive (Lancaster University)

Over and above the adverse and onerous consequences for female victims, violence against women brings with it significant costs for communities, societies and nations, affecting public well-being, health and safety, productivity, law enforcement and public budgets. It is estimated that the annual cost to the EU-28 of gender-based violence against women amounted to EUR 228 billion in 2011, or 1.8% of EU GDP. Although this problem, and the urgent need to address it, has been acknowledged, the current EU framework for fighting violence against women presents important shortcomings at different levels: national legislations of the 28 EU Member States offer unequal protection of women against all forms of violence; several international and regional instruments on combatting violence against women have been adopted but lack effectiveness in national legal orders; and despite undeniable progress, the measures adopted at EU level present important lacunae, notably in terms of prevention. Annexes: I - Assessing the necessity and effects of intervention at EU level by REGINE research programme on Gender (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) II - Economic and legal aspects of the added value of measures to combat violence against women by Professor Sylvia Walby and Philippa Olive (Lancaster University)