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Population size: 


Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

UN Violence against women - Women who have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime:19 % Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months: 6%.[2]

13.6% of women have suffered violence from a partner or ex-partner, according to national statistics bureau Istat Lifetime Non-Partner Sexual Violence: 5%.[3]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

Estimated cost of work absenteeism related to domestic violence and abuse per annum: $146m.[4]

Estimated cost of lost economic output related to presenteeism, US$ million per annum: $658m (5% productivity loss)

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

Citing official data, a parliamentary committee into violence against women said last week that reports to police of domestic abuse dropped to 652 in the first 22 days of March, when Italy went into lockdown, from 1,157 in the same period of 2019. Telefono Rosa, Italy’s largest domestic violence helpline, said calls fell 55% to 496 in the first two weeks of March from 1,104 in the same period last year. Difficulty in asking for help.[5]

Current law and policy:

Italy has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence and is committed to implementing it.

Italy is committed to implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women and Peace and Security” through a National Action Plan, which will be reviewed in 2013 to assess its progress.

Italy is also committed to supporting the UN Trust Fund on Violence against Women on projects in the MENA and Sub-Sahara region.

Finally, Italy commits to the global campaign to end female genital mutilation/cutting by supporting the UNICEF/UNFPA Joint Program on FGM/C and by raising awareness on the practice in national and international fora.

Frontline Services:



[1] The World Bank, (1)

[2] UN Women, “Global Database on Violence Against Women – Italy”, (

Further Reading

[1] UN Women, (10)



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