List of Law and Policy Documents
last updated February 1, 2006


This section provides a collection of materials cited in the Domestic Violence Law and Policy section. This list includes legally-binding documents, such as treaties and protocols, as well as politically influential documents, such as declarations and resolutions. Legal materials relevant to international, regional and national laws and policies which are applicable to domestic violence are available through the navigation bar to the right. General legal resources and policy guides on women's human rights which include discussions of domestic violence law and policy are listed below.

  • The report Women 2000: An Investigation into the Status of Women's Rights in the former Soviet Union and Central and South-Eastern Europe, published by the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights in November 2000, includes information about a range of women's rights issues (including domestic violence) for thirty countries in the CEE and FSU region, and information on legal provisions on sexual harassment, where available.
  • The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe hosts a website with information about legislation on gender equality. The Legislationline site for violence against women includes links to the United Nations treaties, the Council of Europe convention and legislation and the laws from 53 countries of the CEE/FSU region, Europe and North America relating to domestic violence. 
  • Coalition Karat, a Regional Coalition of Women's NGOs in the CEE and CIS Region is conducting a country by country gender assessment of the impact of EU accession on women in Central and Eastern Europe which includes an assessment of law and policy in the countries which are candidates for accession to the European Union. 
  • The 2003 Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Integration of the Human Rights of Women and the Gender Perspective: Violence Against Women, E/CN.4/2003/75 (Jan. 2003) (PDF and Word, 24 pages) provides general information on domestic violence law and policy around the world. International, Regional and National Developments in the Area of Violence Against Women 1994-2003, Addendum 1 to the 2003 Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, E/CN.4/2003/75/Add.1 (Feb. 2003)(PDF and Word, 397 pages) provides information on the domestic violence laws passed by national governments around the world.