Study on Gender-based Violence in Sport: Final Report

Lut Mergaert, Catarina Arnaud, Tine Vertommen, Melanie Lang

    Research output: Book/ReportProject report


    This study provides an overview of the legal and policy frameworks, describes initiatives promoted by sport and civil society organisations, identifies best practice in combatting gender-based violence in sport and makes recommendations for future action. Due to a lack of studies and methodological difficulties, reliable prevalence and incidence data on (forms of) gender-based violence in sport are strikingly absent across the EU and internationally. The terminology used to refer to forms of gender-based violence varies greatly across the EU, and there remains a lack of clarity in legal texts. The policy frameworks of fewer than half of all EU Member States make explicit reference to forms of gender-based violence in sport. Various approaches to prevent gender-based violence in sport were identified. Most initiatives target sports organisations (including federations, associations, and clubs) and coaches. These were mostly carried out on an ad-hoc basis. A holistic approach to fight gender-based violence in sport is needed that considers: an assessment of the magnitude of the problem; prevention initiatives; comprehensive legal, policy and disciplinary provisions to prosecute and punish perpetrators and to protect athletes from gender-based violence; provision of services for those subjected to acts of gender-based violence; and multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-actor partnerships.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBelgium
    PublisherEuropean Commission
    Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission
    Number of pages174
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Dec 2016


    • gender-based violence
    • sport
    • violence
    • abuse
    • child portection


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    • Gender-based violence in EU sport

      LANG, M., Mergaert, L., Arnaut, C. & Vertommen, T.


      Project: Research

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