Italy Domestic Violence: Lawmakers Try To Reduce Abuse Against Women

By NICOLE WINFIELD

Violence against women in Italy has been thrust into the spotlight with a raft of headline-grabbing murders of women by their lovers – a trend the U.N. has flagged as a particular problem in a country where gender stereotypes are “deeply rooted” and where a third of all women face physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.

On Tuesday, Italy’s lower chamber of parliament ratified a European anti-domestic violence convention on the same day that the latest victim was buried: a 15-year-old girl beaten, stabbed 20 times and burned alive, allegedly by her boyfriend.

The Council of Europe treaty on preventing and combatting violence against women now goes to the Italian Senate, where its passage is expected. The 2011 treaty creates a legal framework to prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women.

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