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De Brún stands behind demand for elimination of violence against women.

25 November, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún MEP has supported the demands of prevention, protection and prosecution in a vote tomorrow in the European Parliament on the elimination of violence against women.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the issue, Ms de Brún called on the EU to guarantee the right to assistance and support for all victims of violence, including trafficking in human beings, regardless of the victim's nationality, and for the protection of female victims of domestic violence whose legal status might depend on their partner.

Ms de Brún said, "The establishment of a clear legal basis for combating all forms of violence against women is needed alongside the development of detailed strategy plans by each Member State on how to tackle the problem.  This is a huge problem both at home and across the EU.

Ms de Brún expressed the need for "a zero tolerance attitude to all forms of violence against women" and stressed the importance of training for the police, courts, social, medical and legal services.

She concluded, "We must work towards implementing effective methods of prevention and also improve the protection and support available. Successful prosecution is also vital.

The above approaches can be found in a detailed motion for resolution by Eva-Britt Svensson MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Women's Rights Committee, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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