The number of female victims of violence in Italy is increasing

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We know the situation when it comes down to it violence against women, it is not good. But what does that mean numerically? The association To say Women in the network against violence, which brings together anti-violence centers and shelters in Italian territory, has published its annual report for 2021. Now we can make the point from the fact that female victims of violence who approached the 106 analyzed centers increased between 2020 and 2021.

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According to the report, in 2021 the Italian anti-violence centers welcomed a total of 20,711 women, of which 14,565 were “new”. There was therefore an overall increase compared to 2020 of 3.5% and 8.8% for new contacts. “The restrictions resulting from the spread of Covid-19 have continued to affect the phenomenon of male violence against women and the work of refuges”, the report reads, “The positive deviations registered in the year 2021 must therefore be interpreted as a return of women to turn to the network centers to get out of the violence”. They are mainly Italian women (only 26% are foreigners) aged between 30 and 49. They mainly report psychological violence (77.9% of women), physical violence (57.6%), economic (one in three women has no income), sexual (16.1%) and stalking (15.6%).

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In terms of the abusers are mainly Italian men: only 27% are of foreign origin. “This figure, which has now been consolidated over the years (with negligible deviations)”, reads the report, “challenges the widespread stereotype that sees the phenomenon of male violence against women reduced to the heritage of cultural universes located in the ‘elsewhere’ of non-European countries “.

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Among the major issues that emerged from the report is the fact that, again, only 28% of accepted women decide to report and start a lawsuit. “This figure is not surprising”, explains DiRe, “the secondary victimization of the institutions that come into contact with women (social services, law enforcement, courts, etc.) continues to slow down the start of a trust process that can reassure women as intends to turn to justice”. All the more reason, therefore, for the work in reception centres, crisis centers and branches to be fundamental, which, however, remains insufficiently and intermittently funded. “The data show a lack of ‘stability’ in the economic and financial resources that the centers can count on and plan their activities,” the report reads. This means that 33.3% of the activists involved are still unpaid. As long as the problem is not taken seriously, concrete investments are made and real cooperation between institutions and anti-violence centres, the situation is unlikely to improve. And the data from year to year confirms this.

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