There are still too many crimes and too much violence against women. A statement that, in a few words, summarizes the data published on May 3 by CENSIS. Between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018 in Italy, there were 120 murders of women; 92 of them occurred in the family or affective environment at the hands of the partner, ex-partner or another member of the family.
In the last decade, 48,377 crimes of sexual violence were committed; in more than 90% of the cases the victim was a woman. But gender violence does not end here. To the 2,977 cases of sexual violence reported during the first eight months of 2018 must be added 10,204 charges for domestic abuse, 8,718 charges for beatings and 8,414 charges for harassment. The only positive data is that in the last year all these crimes tend to decrease, while the number of women who use the network of centers against violence is increasing: 49,152 in 2017 and 29,227 women welcomed by these same centers.
These are numbers that demonstrate how violence against women is an ancient, but always current, crime that has its roots in stereotypes and generalized prejudices.
Italy makes little effort to combat femicides and violence against women. It is something that has also been said by the experts of Grovio (Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence), the Body of the Council of Europe that oversees the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, that is preparing a report from our country.
In Italy, more than 5 thousand beds are needed for those who flee their homes, the scene of 80% of the mistreatment; Public funds are scarce and badly used. Only 0.02% of the funds available were spent. The preparation and training received by security forces and socio-sanitary personnel on the phenomenon of violence is poor. All this helps to denounce only 7% of the violations. According to Istat, children who attend violence are present in 4 out of every 100 cases.
49,152 women attended the centers against violence in 2017 and 29,227 women have started a way out of violence. 26.9% of the women who attend the centers are foreigners and 63.7% have children, minors in more than 70% of the cases. These are the data collected by Istat that, for the first time, has carried out an investigation into the services offered by the centers against violence, in collaboration with the Department of Equal Opportunities, the regions and the National Research Council. (Source: La Repubblica)
According to ISTAT data published in April 2018 with the report “Woman beyond silence. Multidisciplinary reflection on the phenomenon of violence against women “, 6 million 788 thousand women between the ages of 16 and 70 have suffered physical or sexual violence, that is, 31.5%.
A few months ago, MODAVI ONLUS (Movement of Volunteer Associations in Italy) met Irene, a young and courageous victim of domestic violence who decided to dedicate her time to tell her story to carry out awareness-raising activities and to combat violence against women.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. So, why talk about this issue on June 11? Because on June 11, two years ago, Irene found the courage to escape, during the night, and look for help. A rebirth, difficult, uphill but a rebirth. MODAVI ONLUS supported Irene in this mission. Talking about her experience and helping others has become for Irene a way to make sense of her pain and her story.
Together we want to tell her story, to launch her message of hope and to promote a project in order to obtain basic goods destined for women victims of violence who are often forced to leave their homes suddenly, as happened to Irene, leaving behind her whole life, with nothing.
It is important to sound the alarm signal on the phenomenon of violence against women, but also on violence against the most fragile people, such as children, the elderly, the disabled; a violence suffered by millions of people in our country every year.
Federica Celestini Campanari: National President of MODAVI ONLUS
Irene: Creator of the Campaign «Io ce l’ho fatta» (I got it)
Elisabetta Rampelli: Lawyer – National President of the FIU (Italian Forensic Union)
Lucia Ercoli: Doctor – Head of the Institute of Solidarity Medicine
Souad Sbai: Journalist – President of ACMID Donna Onlus
Maria Teresa Bellucci: Deputy – Head of the Social Affairs Committee