IMPROVE what is it and why is We Encourage part of it?
The European Commission has committed to protecting all EU citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms. Yet, domestic violence (DV) and violence in close relationships still persist as serious forms of violence and crime in Europe. The EU regards the Istanbul Convention as the benchmark for international standards in the prevention and fights against DV and gender-based violence against women. EU also contributes to fighting DV by funding projects like IMPROVE through its Horizon programs.