With an estimated one in six women in Europe experiencing some form of violence, action is needed to create a safer environment and wipe out one of the most common violation of human rights in Europe. The Istanbul Convention marked a major step by bringing in a three-point strategy of prevention, protection and prosecution. It asks states to take a holistic approach by bringing together different groups – such as police, courts, local and central government and NGOs – to build a multi-faceted approach that provides help for women in immediate danger and looks at how to prevent violence in the future. Monitoring how countries apply the Convention is carried out by an group of independent experts from different Council of Europe countries. More on the Istanbul Convention.