Country Italy
Year 2013
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Femicide/Feminicide, Stalking, Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

Act No. 119/2013 addresses both stalking and GBV, in line with the following three conceptual pillars: 
- Strengthens the “warning” (ammonimento), as well as the gun banning, driving disqualification and the possibility to use electronic tags for perpetrators. Concerning the punishment, new aggravating circumstances are to be mentioned; penalty is increased if children under the age of 18 witness violence as well as if the victim is in a particularly vulnerable situation (if pregnant); 
- Femicide is further strengthened by consideration for the specific close relationship between the victim and the perpetrator as an aggravating circumstance (e.g. if the perpetrator is the victim’s spouse or partner, also non-cohabiting partner); 
- in line with the Istanbul Convention, the Italian law aims at ensuring greater protection for victims both in relation to hearings, which will be protected, and through a system guaranteeing transparency during ongoing investigations and legal proceedings, besides the obligation to inform victims about local support services. 


Source of Information

Italy's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.40-41

For more information: Information related to best practices, and other relevant information related to investigation and prosecution of gender-related killing of women and girls in accordance with the resolution of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice entitled "Taking action against gender-related killings of women and girls" – Italy