• Italy and Domestic Violence

    In Italy today, a European anti-domestic violence treaty has been ratified as a female murder victim has been buried.

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    A 15-year-old girl was viciously stabbed 20 times and burnt alive, allegedly by her boyfriend.

    There has been an increase in violence against women in Italy, with some headline murders of women at the hands of current or previous partners.

    Last year it was reported by a UN special investigator on violence against women that in the last 25 years, murder committed by men against men have fallen in Italy while the number of women murdered by men has gone up.

    The 2011 treaty creates a legal framework to prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women. So far, four Council of Europe members have ratified it.

    The issue of domestic violence in Italy sadly mirrors the scale of the problem in most countries across the world.

    I believe that it is an important and positive step forward that Italy’s lower chamber of parliament has ratified the treaty which will create a legal framework to prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women, however the 2011 still has some way to go before it is passed, and sadly it is too late for and is unlikely to stop such horrific incidents and crimes inflicted upon victims like Fabiana Luzzi.