Gender-based violence in EU sport policy: Overview and recommendations.

Melanie Lang, Lut Mergaert, Catarina Arnaut, Tine Vertommen

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Policy on or relating to gender-based violence (GBV) in sport settings has a relatively recent history. This paper traces developments in this area at a European level and within individual EU Member States’ national frameworks. In doing so, it draws on data gathered in 2016 as part of a study commissioned by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency to, among others, describe the current situation regarding GBV in sport at the EU Member State, European Union and international levels. The paper also identifies key issues with existing policy and practice across the EU, and makes recommendations for European organisations, EU Member States and sports organisations to raise awareness of and implement initiatives to manage and prevent GBV in and through sport.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-118
JournalJournal of Gender-Based Violence
Issue number1
Early online date1 Feb 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Feb 2018


  • gender-based violence
  • (child) abuse
  • sexual harassment
  • LGBTQI violence and abuse
  • sport


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