Cultural attitudes must change to curb murders of women

Justice Minister calls for more prevention and victim support

Cultural attitudes must change to curb murders of women

Rome, July 11 - Italian Justice Minister Annamaria Cancellieri said on Thursday that a shift in cultural attitudes, as well as measures aimed at prevention and support were needed to curb violence against women. The minister sent a message to the presentation of a joint report on homicides in the country by Italian social economic research group EURES and ANSA on Thursday. ''While on the one hand, in recent years we saw a levelling out of homicides with 2012 registering a decade-long peak, on the other unfortunately we found that women were the main victims of homicides carried out in families'', the statement said. The number of murders has fallen 67.8% since 1990 in Italy, when there were 1,633. Italy has one of Europe's lowest murder rates, with one person slain per 100,000 inhabitants compared to a European average of 1.9 per 100,000. Even so, 81 women were killed in Italy in the first half of 2013, 75% of whom were slain by family members or partners, the report showed. Between 2000 and 2012, 2,200 women were murder victims in Italy, or an average of 171 per year - about one every other day. ''To combat this terrible phenomenon, I believe it is essential to evaluate and study the dynamics of the crimes, together with the social mechanisms and the models families are based on'', Cancellieri's said. ''In fact, I am convinced that the main answers institutions need to give are both on the cultural front, as well as methods for reinforcing prevention and support''. (photo: Italian Justice Minister Annamaria Cancellieri)

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