Murders of women in Italy rose nearly 16% last year, with the majority committed by a spouse or ex-spouse, according to Interior Ministry figures released on Monday.
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In the period from August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022, 125 women were killed in Italy, compared to 108 in the same period last year, according to the annual report published by the ministry.
The overwhelming majority of these homicides – 108 – were family or private, with 68 homicides, or 63% of the total, being committed by a partner or ex-partner of the victim.
A total of 319 murders were committed in Italy during this period.
According to this, a woman is killed every three days in Italy.
According to a report published in November by the European Institute for Gender Equality, Italy ranks ninth on a list of fifteen European Union member countries where femicides committed by victims’ companions were registered in 2018.
It ranks tenth when it comes to murders of women by family members or relatives.