Italy moves to stem attacks on women

AFP-JIJI

Italy adopted a draft law Thursday to crack down on violence against women in the wake of an escalating trend of attacks by husbands and partners. It is expected to be quickly passed by parliament.

Last year, 124 women were killed by their partners or a member of their family, and a third of all Italian women become victims of domestic violence at some point, according to a United Nations report.

Measures in the draft bill include the obligatory arrest of those caught in the act of stalking or physically abusing victims. Violent husbands or partners will be evicted from the family home and women will be kept constantly up to date on their attacker’s legal status, including being informed if aggressors are released from prison.