Guide: Litigating Cases of Violence Against Women

30 December 2023
Guide: Litigating Cases of Violence Against Women

Violence against women is pervasive and gives rise to the most egregious violations of human rights, encompassing physical, psychological, sexual, social, and economic harm. Such violence is deeply rooted in and facilitated by societal and cultural values, structures and practices. It is a complex issue to litigate internationally, involving private actors, requiring the knowledge of the authorities, and always entrenched in multi-layered gender-based discrimination, if not intersectional discrimination.

EHRAC Guide to Litigating Cases of Violence Against Women is intended to assist lawyers in making these legal arguments at the international level, addresses contexts of domestic and sexual violence, and is aimed at practitioners with some experience of litigating these issues and/or of litigating internationally. It provides guidance on drafting particular elements of the core legal arguments that are likely to form the basis for many of these cases.

The Guide is by no means exhaustive and does not address the specific facts of any case or provisions of domestic law. The primary focus is on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) and the violations as framed within the Convention, however reference is also made to the standards established by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (the CEDAW Committee), as well as other international mechanisms and conventions.

The English version of this guide was updated in December 2023, and new Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian translations published in January 2024.

English: EHRAC Guide to Litigating Cases of Violence Against Women [ENG]

Georgian (ქართული): ადამიანის უფლებათა დაცვის ევროპული ცენტრის (EHRAC) სახელმძღვანელო ქალთა მიმართ ძალადობის საქმეებზე სამართალწარმოების შესახებ

Russian (Русский): Руководство Европейского Центра Защиты Прав Человек (EHRAC) По ведению в судах дел о насилии в отношении женщин 

Ukrainian (Український): Керівництво Європейського центру захисту прав людини (EHRAC) щодо ведення судових справ про насильство стосовно жінок

The following Azeribaijani translation is of the previous version of this guide:

Azerbaijani: (Avropa İnsan Hüquqlarını Müdafiə Mərkəzinin (EHRAC) qadına qarşı zorakılıq üzrə məhkəmə işlərinin aparılmasına dair Bələdçisi)