The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Thursday 6 April.
This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.
This bill allows for the ratification by the UK of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention).
Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).
Find out more about the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill
Image: House of Lords 2017 / Photography by Roger Harris