Over half of the reports of stalking dropped in Milan 2012

Study examines justice for violence against women

Over half of the reports of stalking dropped in Milan 2012

Milan, May 14 - More than half of the 945 (512) incidents of stalking reported to Milan police in 2012 were dropped, as were 1,032 of the 1,545 complaints of domestic violence, Milan Women's Shelter Cadmi said on Tuesday. A report called 'Violence against Women: What Justice?', presented at the shelter's library, said that the majority of cases of sexual assault on women, 86%, is by husbands, boyfriends or ex-companions and 67.2% of violence against women occurs in the home. In "too many" cases, complaints are shelved and replaced with "attempted mediation. Something that goes against Council of Europe directives," Cadmi President Francesca Garisto said. "To talk about family conflict is wrong. It is a definition that does not accept the real phenomenon of violence and diminishes the credibility of those who report abuse," Garisto said. Of the over 1,000 calls received by the shelter in 2012, only 220 women successfully left their abusive situation. Some 86.8% of women callers suffered psychological abuse, 70.9% physical, 25.9% economic, 15% stalking and 13% sexual violence. Abuse crosses social and economic lines, the report said. In 59% of the cases of domestic violence, the woman is employed and in 35% they are high-school or college graduates. Only 29.9% of women who are abused report the violence to authorities, the report says. According to the president of Cadmi, "abused women do not consider a police report an effective instrument to stem the violence they face". "Actually, the most dangerous moment is after they have turned to the police," Garisto said.

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