New CoE online HELP course on Violence Against Women


The Council of Europe published a new free Council of Europe HELP online course on Violence Against Women for Law Enforcement Professionals and other first line professionals.

This course draws on lessons learnt from the experience of several European police and law enforcement services and is based on the most important European treaty on the issue: the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women (also known as the Istanbul Convention) as well as the related monitoring work of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO).  Next to law enforcement professionals, the online course can also be used by other first line professionals, dealing with cases of violence against women and domestic violence, including social or health professionals, civil society organisations and others.

The course includes theoretical and practical modules related to violence against women, its many forms and impact and how to assess and manage the risks for victims. The course also informs first line professionals on how to respond quickly and effectively and includes interview techniques as well as practical steps.

The course can be accessed by visiting the Council of Europe HELP online platform at: