UN discusses FRA’s violence against women survey results

This week FRA presented the results of its EU-wide survey on violence against women to United Nations organisations in New York and Vienna. It was an opportunity for FRA to explain the findings and highlight the survey recommendations.

At a special event at the UN Secretariat in New York on 14 May, Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, FRA’s Head of Equality and Citizens' Rights Department underlined the need for all countries to collect data on violence against women. He also pointed to the problem of underreporting: If violence is not recorded, it is not prosecuted. As a result perpetrators may go unpunished.

In the second event organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Joanna Goodey, FRA’s Head of Freedoms and Justice Department, spoke at the 23rd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna on 14 May. While explaining the background to the survey and its findings, she also focused on how the data could be used to shape policies and follow-up actions. This included recommendations for joining up policy responses between different areas like employment, health and education; awareness raising campaigns targeting men as well as women; and enhanced training and support for professionals, for example.

Both presentations to the UN stressed the survey’s findings which show that violence against women is a widespread abuse - impacting on 1 in 3 women in the EU. In this regard, violence against women cannot be responded to as an abuse that only impacts on certain communities or a few women, but needs to be addressed comprehensively for its wide-ranging impact.