The European Parliament adopted a legislative initiative report on tackling gender-based cyberviolence with 513 votes in favour, 122 against, and 58 abstentions during the plenary on 14 December 2021.
The text affirms the need for a common criminal law definition of gender-based cyberviolence, harmonised penalties, as well as a minimum level of protection and reparation for victims. It also asks to add gender-based violence to the list of EU crimes.
Following the vote, the European Commission will propose a law in March 2022 to combat violence against women that includes prevention, protection, and effective prosecution, both online and offline.
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Read the European Parliament's report 'Combating gender-based violence: cyberviolence'