Italy passes new laws to tackle violence against women

Lizzy Davies – Guardian – Monday, 12 August 2013 (originally published 08 Aug)

Enrico Letta
Enrico Letta, the Italian PM. Image: Luigi Mistrulli/EPA


Italy‘s prime minister has vowed to crack down on violence against women, as the government passed a package of measures designed to tackle the problem.

“We believe that in our country there was a need to give a very strong sign – not only a sign but … a radical change on this issue,” said Enrico Letta.

The measures range from increased penalties for certain forms of domestic violence to the granting of permits to foreign victims on humanitarian grounds. Other reforms aim at making it easier for domestic violence to be reported and abusers to be removed from the home . . .

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