Country Cyprus
Year 2018
Type of Measure Police > Protocols and guidelines
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The Cyprus Police has been making continuous and systematic efforts, aiming at higher levels of sensitivity, awareness and professionalism among police members handling cases of domestic violence. A Protocol on Risk Assessment of Intimate Partners Violence has been implemented by the Police since January 2018. Within this framework, specialized training programmes are carried out, aimed at police members dealing with these issues, as well as newly recruited police officers. The protocols meet the criteria and the relevant provisions of the ratifying Law 14(III)2017 and the Istanbul Convention, Article 51, and the Law 51(I)2016, Articles 20 and 21 transposing EU Directive 2012/29 that establishes minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. These trainings took place within the framework of a two-year Project (2017-19), entitled “CIRCLE OF CHANGE (JUST/2016/RGEN/AG/VAWA/9945). Funds of the project have been also used for drafting a police training manual on violence against women, with an emphasis on domestic violence, which was issued in early 2018.

Source of Information

Cyprus's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.46