Country Italy
Year 2009
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Sexual violence, Stalking

Brief Description


Law n. 38/2009, modified the Italian Criminal Law (art. 612bis), through:

  • the introduction of the crime of stalking: until this provision, there was no appropriate sanction in Italian law for the stalking that often precedes acts of violence. Perpetrators are punished by 6 months to 4 years of imprisonement.
  • an increase of jail sentences for rape - with no possibility of house arrest for perpetrators and the provision of a life sentence if and when such crimes lead to the death of the victim. Moreover it provide for free legal counsel to victims of sexual violence. The decree also reserves 3 million euro to support non-governmental organizations working in support of victims of violence (such as antiviolence centres, women centres, shelters).

Law n. 38/2009 provides free legal counsel to victims of sexual violence.

Funding allocated: Law n. 38/2009 assigns an additional "3 million for the year 2009, to support projects to assist victims of sexual and gender violence" (Article 6 - paragraph 2) through the National Fund against sexual violence and gender, as well as a further 1,000,000 euros to the "national hotline for victims of persecution", which is active twenty-four hours a day, with the aim to provide a first psychological and legal assistance from staff with appropriate skills and to contact the police promptly in cases of urgency" (Art. 12 and 13).

Full Text

Law No. 38/2009 on Urgent Measures regarding Sexual Violence

Source of Information

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