The 2018-2020 National Action Plan on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and Measures to be implemented for the Protection of Victims (Survivors) [(DV/VAWG NAP)] constitutes a national framework document that combines the measures to eliminate and prevent violence against women and domestic violence. The Action Plan sets out the goals, objectives and activities that respond to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council and the recommendations contained in the reports of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences. The Action Plan also responds to the requirements of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). The Action Plan envisages introducing a risk assessment methodology in responding to domestic violence cases, institutionalizing an electronic monitoring system for high-risk offenders, and launching behavior correction programmes for perpetrators of domestic violence, approval of the National Referral Mechanism, development of a unified statistical standards. It takes into consideration the gendered nature of domestic violence and addresses the phenomenon of violence against women and girls in a holistic manner. To ensure efficient implementation of the VAWG/DV NAP 2018-2020, clear cut indicators, baselines and targets have been determined on the outcome and output levels to allow for proper monitoring and evaluation of results. Deriving from the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), ratified by Georgia in 2017, the VAWG/DV NAP takes into consideration the gendered nature of domestic violence and addresses the phenomenon of violence against women and girls in a holistic manner and addresses the same more broadly than the preceding plan that was launched in 2016-2017.
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