Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill 2016-17 is an important Bill which requires the United Kingdom to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
This Bill has come at in important time. According to research, 936 women were killed between January 2009 and December 2015, while 400, 000 cases of abuse are recorded each year.
The Istanbul Convention is significant and if implemented, will change the way that violence against women and girls is considered, tackled and prevented.
Crucially, it gives all survivors of domestic abuse the right to access the specialist services which they need to live in safety and rebuild their lives.
I support this Bill and as a delegate to the Council of Europe, I will ensure that the Convention continues to be supported there.