To further strengthen and reaffirm its concrete commitment towards women, the Italian Government has worked on the elaboration of a new National Strategic Plan on Male Violence against Women for 2017-2020. The structure of the aforementioned Plan follows the so-called “4 Ps” of the Istanbul Convention: Prevention; Protection and Support; Prosecution and Punishing; Integrated Policies. This strategic document promotes a multilevel governance based on the interaction and responsibility of each central, regional and local administration.
Two main bodies have been entrusted with the objective to draw up an operational plan of the above mentioned actions: a Control Room to define the governmental strategy; a technical committee for the preparation of operational plan proposals developed according to the directions of the Control Room.
The objective of the Strategic Plan, in its operational dimension, is to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to the needs of women victims of violence, always ensuring that central and local institutional actors as well as the third sector act in its best interest. The Strategic Plan represents a good practice, in line with the activities carried out and being implemented by the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, aimed in particular at strengthening the network of support to women beneficiaries of assistance (territorial services, anti-violence centers and shelters), to create an integrated system of collection and processing of data on the phenomena, to raise awareness and inform in a general and targeted way on gender-based violence as well as to educate the younger generations and to train operators who act in support of women who have been the victims of violence.
The operational Plan, being flexible and dynamic in nature indicates concrete actions to implement the objectives contained in the Strategic Plan. It also indicates the financial resources that the central and territorial Administrations have declared to allocate to this end, making them responsible in this context. It is on-going the assessment about the creation of new emergency facilities, the so-called safe houses, for the immediate and timely assistance for women victims of violence.
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