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The initial focus of the Violence Against Women (VAW) programme will be to take on cases that develop states’ positive obligations in protecting women from violence, particularly the failure to prevent violations and the failure to respond when violations have occurred.  These obligations will focus on the states’ obligation to investigate, prosecute and punish violations.

Examples of cases that we will support include the following:

  • The failure to provide an adequate response to domestic violence, including legislative measures;
  • The existence of legal barriers in litigating sexual offences, including the corroboration rule;
  • The failure to offer legal protection to survivors of child sexual abuse and;
  • The failure to provide legal protection to adult victims of human trafficking, among others.