The European Court of Human Rights and Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is an issue that affects vast numbers of women throughout the world. It seems to constitute a clear violation of at least three articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, however it has only been recognised as being a human rights issue relatively recently. Indeed, until 2007 domestic violence had not been directly addressed by the European Court of Human Rights. However, the Court has now addressed the issue in a series of recent cases. This paper discusses what positive obligations states parties to the Convention now have in relation to the issue of domestic violence. It proceeds to discuss the gaps in the Court’s jurisprudence in this area at present and how the case law of the Court may develop in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-437
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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