This is the 5th annual report laid before Parliament in accordance with the requirements of section 2 of the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Act 2017.[footnote 1] It follows the fourth report on progress, which was laid in Parliament on 22 October 2020, and sets out progress toward ratification since the UK signed the Istanbul Convention in 2012.
This report provides an overview of the UK’s progress toward ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (“the Istanbul Convention”), including measures taken forward since the fourth report on progress. The Convention covers both reserved and devolved areas, and this report therefore covers the whole of the UK.
In line with the requirements of the 2017 Act, this report sets out:
the administrative measures taken by the government to enable the UK to ratify the