Country Italy
Year 2008
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual violence, Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


A National Observatory on Sexual and Gender-based Violence (Decree of institution approved on January 23rd 2008), was created in order to create a link between local administrations, the Centres for Assistance to Persons who suffer from Violence and experts in the field. The main aim of the Observatory is to undertake an awareness-raising campaign and to monitor the public administrations' activities on sexual violence.

Art. 1, paragraph 1261, Law No. 296 / 2006 (Finance Act for 2007), for the first time established a fund for policies relating to human rights and equal opportunities, available to the Minister for Equal Opportunities for the implementation of policies relating to equal opportunities for each of the years 2007, 2008, 2009. Part of the resources of that Fund were earmarked for the creation of a National Fund against sexual and gender violence, finalization of the National Observatory, and to finance the National action plan against sexual and gender violence.

Information in Italian:

Un Osservatorio nazionale contro la violenza sessuale e di genere, finanziamenti ai Centri Anti-violenza che aiutano le donne maltrattate, il potenziamento del 1522, numero gratuito antiviolenza. Il decreto di riparto del fondo per le Pari Opportunità, approvato dalla Conferenza unificata su indicazione del Ministro Mara Carfagna, prevede la destinazione di 29 milioni di euro alle iniziative contro la violenza sulle donne.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Italy to the questionnaire on violence against women, June 2009