Regional Law and Standards
Council of Europe
Violence Against Women Page of the Website for the Equality Division of the Council of Europe, Links to Fact Sheets, Seminar Documents, Recommendations and Legislation regarding Violence Against Women.

Third European Ministerial Conference on Equality Between Men and Women, Declaration on Policies for Combating Violence Against Women in a Democratic Europe (21-22 October 1993) (including as an Appendix a Plan of Action to Combat Violence Against Women).

Final Report of Activities of the Council of Europe Group of Specialists on Future Priorities, Strategies and Working Methods in the Field of Equality Between Women and Men, Equality Between Women and Men: Priorities for the Future, Doc. No. EG-S-FP (99) 1 (October 1999). 

Plan of Action to Combat Violence Against Women, Doc. No. EG-S-VL (98) (June 1998).

Fourth European Ministerial Conference on Equality Between Men and Women, Declaration on Equality Between Women and Men as a Fundamental Criterion of Democracy, Doc. No. MEG-4 (97)18 (13-14 November 1997).

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to Member States, Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the Protection of Women Against Violence (30 April 2002). 

Council of Europe Directorate General of Human Rights - DG II, Council of Europe 2002 Annual Report on Council of Europe Action in the Field of Equality Between Women and Men (April 2003)

Fifth European Ministerial Conference on Equality Between Men and Women: Democratisation, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding: the Perspectives and Roles of Women, Declaration and Programme of Action on Gender Equality--A Core Issue in Changing Societies, Doc. No. MEG-5 (2003) 5, (22-23 January 2003).

Fifth European Ministerial Conference on Equality Between Men and Women: Democratisation, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding: the Perspectives and Roles of Women, Resolution on the Roles of Women and Men in Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Democratic Processes--A Gender Perspective, Doc. No. MEG-5 (2003) 4, (22-23 January 2003).

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Recommendation 1450 (2000) on violence against women in Europe (April 2000).

Response of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to Recommendation 1450 (2000) (29 November 2000). 

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Recommendation on Violence in the Family, Recommendation No. R(85)4 (1985); Recommendation on Social Measures concerning Violence within the Family, Recommendation No. R(90)2 (1990); Recommendation on Emergency Family Matters, Recommendation No. R(91)9 (1991); and Recommendation on Family Mediation, Recommendation No. R(98)1 (1998). 

European Union
Resolution on the report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the state of women's health in the European Community (COM(97)0224 C4-0333/97), Official Journal C175 (21 June 1999).

Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States (COM/2001/0257), Official Journal C 270 E (25 September 2001).

Opinion of the Economic and Social Committee on the "Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States" (COM(2001)257), Official Journal C149 (21 June 2002).

Draft Council conclusions on review of the implementation by the Member States and the EU institutions of the Beijing Platform for Action (13348/02) (12 October 2002).

European Parliament Resolution on Violence against Women, Doc. A2-44/86, in Official Journal of the European Communities, vol. 29, no. C. 176, 23, 25-26 (14 July 1986).