The Istanbul Convention- domestic violence gets the spotlight

Today, Andorra became the 10th country in the Council of Europe to ratify the Istanbul Convention (text of the convention here). The document establishes definitions and legal standards for domestic violence, violence against women, forced marriages, and female genital mutilation. While the signatories need the teeth to turn these standards into the legal reality, it is encouraging to see an entire document devoted to the many types of gender-based violence.

Also, go Andorra.

Please follow and support a great anti-domestic violence non-profit

My writing skills now have a challenge beyond just throwing stuff up on this blog. I now help out with communications and social media with Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, based in San Jose, CA, which was the first group in the nation to provide a 24/7 bilingual services hotline- back in 1971. They do amazing work on less money than they deserve, and I’d ask that you follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Their Facebook is here.

Follow @NDsolutions on Twitter.