Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Lower House starts discussion on femicide decree

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Rome, August 20 - Italy's Lower House met on
Tuesday for the presentation of a government bill approved
earlier this month to stem a growing national problem - violence
against women.
Only 104 of the House's 630 lawmakers attended the summer
session to start discussing the so-called femicide decree and
assign it to the commissions which will have to examine the
measure.
The 12-point decree sets harsher penalties for those found
guilty of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.
The measure became effective on August 8 but needs to be
ratified by parliament.
Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini said Tuesday that
combating crimes against women requires "intervention on a
cultural level, starting from school".
"Repression of the phenomenon alone is not sufficient,"
Boldrini said during the House's debate.
The bill, which also offers greater victim protection in
particular to shield migrant women escaping violence, came as
awareness is rising in Italy over high levels of violence
against women.
Over 80 women have been killed in Italy so far this year,
mostly by exes, according to an unofficial death toll kept by
national media.
Many of the victims had reported stalking or harassment
episodes to police.

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