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81 women killed in Italy in first six months of 2013

Italy ranks low in Europe for femicide, Germany high

81 women killed in Italy in first six months of 2013

Rome, July 11 - Eighty-one women were killed in Italy in the first half of 2013, 75% of whom were slain by family members or intimates, a joint report by the Italian social economic research group EURES and ANSA revealed on Thursday. Between 2000 and 2012, there were 2,200 women murder victims in Italy, or an average of 171 per year - about one every other day. Yet Italy was among Europe's least prone to femicide, while Germany was the most, in the countries studied. Germany saw 350 women killed in 2009, or 49.6% of the total murder count of 706 victims that year. France ranked second with 288 women victims, or 34.3% of total murders in 2009. The United Kingdom came in third with 245 femicides, or 33.9% of total murders in 2009.

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