2013 'black year' for female murders in Italy

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In almost two thirds of cases - 66.4 percent - the women were killed by their partner. Photo: Handcuffs photo: Shutterstock
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A total of 179 women were murdered in Italy in 2013 – the highest rate recorded in Italy over the past seven years, according to figures published on Wednesday.

The number is 14 percent higher than in 2012 and is equal to one victim every two days, according to the report by Eures, an economic and social research organization.

In over 92.4 percent of murder cases, the women were killed by a man.

In almost two thirds of cases - 66.4 percent - the women were killed by their partner in what Eures describes as “possession feminicide”.

In 45.1 percent of cases, the murderer was her husband or cohabitant, in 14.8 percent of cases it was her ex and in 6.6 percent of cases her boyfriend. 

In what Eures called a "black year for female murder", twenty-eight of the women were victims of crime in their neighbourhood, such as robberies.

Since 2000, over 330 women in Italy were killed because they left their partner. In 5.6 percent of these cases the woman was beaten to death by her ex-partner, while in 10.6 percent of cases she was strangled and in 12.3 percent of cases she was suffocated.

Seventy-five of the victims in 2013 lived in Italy’s south, showing a 27.1 percent increase since 2012.

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While in the north the number was 60, a 21 percent decrease since the previous year. In the central regions of Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria and Marche the number was 44, a 100 percent increase.

2013 also saw a rise in the average age of the female victims, from 50 to 53.4.

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