These are in summary the main recommendations sent to the Italian State by GREVIO with its Report on Italy published on 13 January 2020.

  • Take steps for to ensure that violence against women is addressed in a comprehensive and integrated way and that such measures are implemented and monitored through a coordination effective between national, regional and local authorities.
  • Strengthen the support for independent women's organizations and their recognition, and consolidate the national and local institutional framework for consultation and cooperation with women's associations.
  • Ensure that policies and measures address prevention, protection, investigation and sanctions in accordance withdue diligence obligation, that state officials, institutional representatives and any other public entity refrain from any act that constitutes violence against women.
  • Ensure that the provisions of the Istanbul Convention are implemented without any discrimination based on sex, gender, race, color, language, religion, political or any other type of opinion, national or social origin, belonging to a national minority, wealth, birth, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, health conditions , disability, marital status, migrant or refugee status or on any other condition.
  • Allow one rapid handling of investigations and criminal proceedings in cases of violence against women, while ensuring that the measures taken to this end are adequately financed and that the judgments in cases of violence against women, including domestic violence, are commensurate with the seriousness of the crime.
  • Ensure the application of the crime of mistreatment in the family, bearing in mind the gender-specific nature of domestic violence against women.
  • Take the necessary steps to ensure that competent courts consider violence against women when determining custody and visiting rights in order to assess any restrictions custody and visitation rights.
  • Facilitate access for women who have been subjected to violence compensation in civil and criminal proceedings and ensure that such reparation is promptly attributed and proportionate to the severity of the damage suffered.
  • Consider changing legislation to ensure that sexual harassment suffered in all areas of life is sanctioned with standards adequate and that the crime of sexual violence is based on the notion of freely expressed consent.
  • Develop the risk assessment and management procedures securing them wide diffusion in all public bodies involved in the management of cases of gender-based violence.
  • Strengthen measures to prevent and counter violence affecting women who are or may be subject to intersectional discrimination, including women with disabilities, women belonging to minorities, women belonging to the Roma, Sinti and Caminanti communities, migrant women and asylum seekers, women from the LGBTI community, elderly women, women practicing prostitution and women who use substances.
  • Ensure that the data collection and storage relating to women who have been subjected to violence comply with the provisions on the protection of personal data as contained in the Council of Europe Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to the automated processing of personal data in order to guarantee the protection of privacy and anonymity of the victims. Watch the video on the anonymity problems of women who have been subjected to violence.
  • Establish, in close cooperation with regional and local authorities including specialized women's associations and universities, training programs on gender-based violence in all its aspects, aimed at operators and professionals who can come into contact with women who have been subjected to violence.
  • Strengthen the activities of prevention in the field of awareness raising, education, training of professional figures, programs aimed at perpetrators of violence and in the employment sector, with long-term initiatives aimed at promote the change of sexist behaviors and based on the conception of the inferiority of women in the social and cultural context. Watch the video on sexist stereotypes and violence prevention.