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CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 57

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

(a) Take steps to address the low prosecution and conviction rates for domestic abuse and sexual violence. Ensure that all cases of gender-based violence, especially those involving actions or omissions by government authorities, are thoroughly investigated and result in prosecution and punishment where appropriate, as well as redress and compensation for victims and their families.

(b) Consider changing police practices that deter migrant women that have survived or are at risk of gender-based violence from seeking protection from the authorities.

(c) Provide compulsory training on the prosecution of gender-based violence to all justice officials and law enforcement staff. Continue awareness-raising campaigns about all forms of violence against women.

(d) Review the availability of refuges, domestic abuse services and rape support centres across the UK, to ensure that the increased government funding for frontline services means that all victims of gender-based violence can access the necessary support and services.

(e) Provide the UN with data about the number of complaints, investigations, prosecutions, convictions and sentences in cases of gender-based violence, as well as with information about the steps taken to ensure that victims have access to remedies and reparation. The data should be broken down by victims’ age and ethnicity or nationality.

(f) Review the effectiveness of measures to protect children at risk of female genital mutilation and forced marriage in the UK.


Original UN recommendation

The State party should:

(a) Take effective measures to address low prosecution and conviction rates for domestic abuse and sexual violence in the State party, and to ensure that all cases of gender-based violence, especially those involving actions or omissions by State authorities or other entities that engage the international responsibility of the State party under the Convention, are thoroughly investigated, that the alleged perpetrators are prosecuted and, if convicted, punished appropriately, and that the victims or their families receive redress, including adequate compensation.

(b) Consider revising police practices that deter migrant women from seeking protection from the authorities in cases where they have been subjected to or are at risk of gender-based violence.

(c) Provide mandatory training on the prosecution of gender-based violence to all justice officials and law enforcement personnel and continue awareness-raising campaigns on all forms of violence against women.

(d) Carry out a review of the availability of refuges, specialist domestic abuse services and rape support centres, throughout the State party, to ensure that the provision of increased funding results in all women who are victims of gender-based violence in the State party having access to necessary support and services.

(e) Compile and provide to the Committee statistical data, disaggregated by the age and ethnicity or nationality of the victim, on the number of complaints, investigations, prosecutions, convictions and sentences recorded in cases of gender-based violence, as well as on the measures adopted to ensure that victims have access to effective remedies and reparation.

(f) Review the effectiveness of preventive and protection measures in place for children at risk of female genital mutilation and forced marriage in the State party.

Date of UN examination

08/05/2019

UN article number

2 (prevention of torture), 16 (cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment)

Last updated on 08/10/2019