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Administrative data sources on gender-based violence against women in the EU Current status and potential for the collection of comparable data

Foreword Gender-based violence is one of the most persistent human rights violations of modern times. It affects women disproportionally as it is directly connected with the unequal distribution of power between women and men perpetuating the devaluation and subordination of women, and violating women’s fundamental rights and freedoms. It also represents a major obstacle in overcoming inequality between women and men. The eradication of gender-based violence is a proclaimed goal of the EU for which the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) recognises its important role. In particular, it notes that evidence in the form of collecting comparable and harmonised data on gender-based violence is crucial for informed decision-making in the area. This study, therefore, aims to extend knowledge about the situation and the potential of administrative data on gender-based violence in the EU-28 in order to harmonise and collect comparable data on this phenomenon. It has been divided into two publications. The current report provides a comprehensive overview of the legal and policy framework underpinning administrative data on gender-based violence. A second report, to be published by the end of 2014, is focused on a technical analysis of the main administrative data sources and the related statistical products identified at national level. Both reports provide guidelines to improve the relevance, quality and statistical potential of the administrative data and list recommendations for the collection of relevant, reliable and comparable administrative data across the EU. It must be remembered that gender-based violence knows no geographical boundaries, no ethnic differences, class distinction or age limits. There is an urgent need across the EU to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent and combat gender-based violence building upon evidence on the prevalence, nature and consequences of gender-based violence for women and secondary victims. The harmonisation of methodologies and the collection of comparable date will greatly assist in supporting prevention strategies across EU Member States. The findings of this report show that there is yet to be established a supranational reg