Realising Rights: Case studies on state responses to violence against women and children in Europe

December 22, 2011


CWASU led this partnership between the University of Osnabrück, the German Institute for Human Youth Services and Family Law (DIJuF) and Tilburg University (INTERVICT – International Victimology Institute). Realising Rights (RRS) was funded by the EU DAPHNE III programme and explores both fields of violence. Its aims were:

– to provide a comprehensive analysis of existing European legislation in the fields of violence against women (VAW) and child maltreatment (CM);
– to undertake in depth case studies on approaches to, and effectiveness of, protection and justice;
– to present an analytic overview of promising directions and gaps in legislation and implementation, in order to suggest directions for further reforms in laws, procedures and public policy.

Mapping legislation was begun in 2009 and then carried over and deepened in a feasibility study for the European Commission which also included sexual orientation violence [found here]. This report presents the multi-country case studies from phase 2 of RRS focused on the wider policy context and the social and institutional processes that determine implementation of laws. The core chapters cover: extending the analysis of legal frameworks to eleven non-EU states; national action plans (NPA) on VAW; child protection systems; and emergency protection orders which the police are empowered to issue (‘go’ or ‘removal’ orders).