Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
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In Italy 65 women killed in 2013, 1 every 2,5 days

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Rome, July 3 - Sixty-five women were killed in
Italy in the first quarter of 2013, with on average a woman
murdered every two-and-a-half days, Claudio Mencacci, president
of the Italian psychiatric society, said on Wednesday.
Mencacci was speaking on the sidelines of a press
conference on violence against women promoted by the National
Observatory on Women's health (O.N.Da).
According to the latest data by national statistics
institute Istat, 6.7 million women aged between 16 and 70 have
been physically or sexually abused while about one million were
rape or attempted rape victims.
Partners were responsible in 14.3% of cases but 93% of
violent episodes were not reported with only 7% of women
denouncing their spouses or partners.
Moreover, data cited at the conference Wednesday showed
that 33,9% of victims who were abused by a partner and 24% of
women abused by someone they knew or a stranger remained silent.
Domestic violence is the second most common cause of death
for pregnant women and, Mencacci said, ''30% of abuses'' start
when women are pregnant.
In 70% of the cases, the violence continues after a woman
gives birth, he said, with consequences ''that are proven to
effect the brain of a child, who in turn will become violent in
a chain reaction that will never stop''.
The expert stressed that in ''23% of cases violence
concerns middle-high social classes''.
''It is necessary to repeat to all women, starting with the
youngest, that there no love nor passion where there is
violence'', said Mencacci, noting that abuse can start with a
minor incident like ''jolting or hair-pulling''.
O.N.Da has drafted a guide to help doctors and nurses deal
with abuse and periodically awards hospitals with special
services and ER protocols for abused women.

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