Mendes Bota urges to fight on the International Day for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women

“We must fight against any form of violence against Women, even when it leaves no visible traces”, said Mendes Bota (Portugal, […]

"We must fight against any form of violence against women, even when it leaves no visible traces", said Mendes Bota (Portugal, PPE (DC), president of the Commission for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men, which is in Edinburgh a participate in a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, during which a report on Psychological Violence will be approved.

“The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [marked today] is a reminder of how widespread violence against women is around the world. Psychological violence leaves no outward signs, although its scars last longer», declared the Portuguese deputy Mendes Bota, from the PSD.

“This is a particularly insidious and disruptive crime, difficult to detect – even for victims – and difficult to prove. It causes enormous strain and is often the first step in escalating violence. There is not a single victim of physical violence in an intimate relationship who was not first a victim of psychological violence,” he added.

“The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, opened for signature on 11 May 2011, covers all forms of violence, including those that are not covered by certain legal systems. , such as psychological violence, provides new tools for the eradication of this scourge”, stressed anda Mendes Bota.

"The Parliamentary Assembly spares no effort to promote this Convention, and urges all States, in the Council of Europe or elsewhere, to proceed with its signature and ratification as soon as possible."

That is what the Algarve deputy defends, "when the Convention enters into force, a better day will dawn for millions of victims of all forms of violence."