Suffering Women have few Resources
by JRajotte on September 13, 2013 - 10:02am
In the article A Call for Aid, Not Laws, to Help Women in Italy , Published in New York Times on August 18, 2013, it is stated that Prime Minister Enrico Letta wants to make tougher laws in order to reduce domestic violence and the killing of women. The new laws will toughen the severity of the punishment, in order to reduce domestic, abuse, sexual violence and stalking, it is also stated that it will extend the protection to immigrant women who lack the residency permits. Yet after these announcements even more violence was committed. It is written that more than 80 women have been killed this year; most of them were killed by husband, boyfriends or former partners. From 2000-2012 approximately 2200 women were murdered around 74% of these women were killed by partners or former partners. The UN reported that 32% of the women from the age 16-70 where victims of domestic abuse. That’s around 1 woman killed every 2 days. Most women will not even report to authority. There is a major lack of resources for women, the article states that in Rome there is only one shelter available, which only offers shelter for 3 women for a period of one week. According to the Council of Europe task force Italy should have 5700 spots in shelters but only has 500 spots. Ms. Donato said: “The message that emerges is stay home, because if you leave there is nothing, or very little to help you,” Due to the economic crises less and less resources become available for the women in need.
I believe that the government of should invest more resources into towards solving this issue, the increase in the severity of the punishment is a step in the right direction, but unfortunately, there is little money being attributed to this major social issue. The major road block for solving this issue is the economic hardship experienced in Italy, but at least there’s a sign of more political will which seems to want to create a change. If there would be more shelters and resources for these women more of them would leave their abusive husband and this would solve a part of the problem.