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Violence by women against other women on the rise in Italy - report

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:34 GMT
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LONDON (TrustLaw) – Violence by women against other women is on the rise in Italy, according to a report by the social activist group Be Free

Since 2009, abuses, threats and even beatings have been reported by 700 victims to Sportello Donna, a 24-hour counselling service at San Camillo hospital in Rome which is co-ordinated by Be Free.

Women stalking other women is also on the rise, according to the report cited in the Italian weekly magazine Io Donna, even though such incidents make up only 5 percent of all stalking cases.

The most frequent reports of violence involve mothers abused by their daughters, bullying in the workplace and threats from neighbours, with insults degenerating into physical aggression, the findings showed.

“(My daughter) threatened to kill me”, one woman told Be Free psychologists. “She would put her hands around my throat as if to strangle me.”

Just over a quarter of female victims of violence - whether perpetrated by men or women - were aged 29 to 38. The second most affected group were women aged 39 to 48 (20 percent).

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