“Femicide is any form of violence exercised on women on the basis of an alleged male superiority, through both physical and psychological enslavement.” This is the definition of a new term coined due to the growing number of acts of violence against the female gender.
But is this number really growing? Statistics confirm this: every two days in Italy a woman is killed by her partner, without taking into account all other types of non-domestic violence. From murder to rape, from stalking to verbal insult, the types of violence are numerous, but they all affect the victim both psychologically and physically.
The age range of executioners and victims vary, but generally the former are between 31 and 50 years old, while the latter, much younger, between 18 and 31. However, femicide is also increasing at the expense of older women, between 71 and 80 years old.
Although the phenomenon is so widespread and above all serious, the sentences received are not equivalent to the crime inflicted.