Call for submissions on protection orders and shelters as two ways of prevention and protection of violence against women

Protection orders and shelters are extremely important for the protection of women, their sense of safety, their ability to overcome the effects of abuse and planning for the future. The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences seeks to collect information on shelters and protection orders which will feed into the thematic report she will present at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2017.

In order to inform her work, the Special Rapporteur wishes to secure from different stakeholders, including States, National Human Rights Institutions, Non-governmental organizations, as well as members of academia, information, inputs and views on both forms of protection:


  • Legislative framework and/or guidelines regulating shelters’ operations procedures and their shortcomings;
  • Types of shelters and number of shelters in a given State, their territorial allocation and their financing;
  • Conditions to access shelters for women with their children (in particular boys and specific age restrictions and children with special needs);
  • Length of stay in shelters;
  • Availability of alternative accommodation and of second and third stage housing
  • Landmark jurisprudence and good practices.

Protection orders:

  • Legislative framework and/or guidelines regulating them as well as their shortcomings;
  • Practicalities on how protection orders work, who can issue them , types and length of protection or barring orders;
  • Efficiency  or lack thereof of protection orders;
  • Legal consequences of the non-respect of protection orders; 
  • Landmark jurisprudence and good practices.

Information on existing mandatory mediation and reconciliation practices which may undermine the protection of gender-based violence victims as well as information on their social reintegration and legal, security and financial assistance measures are also welcomed.

N.B. Please note that the working languages of the Secretariat are English, French and Spanish. You are therefore kindly requested to provide your submissions in one of these languages.

All submissions should be sent by 30 January 2017 to

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