Data & Results

This section presents data and results from the research "Social representations of violence against women: the case of femicide in Italy".


Work in progress.


    Quaderni del Laboratorio Interdisciplinare di ricerca su Corpi, Diritti, Conflitti/ Rappresentazioni sociali della violenza sulle donne, editi da PM edizioni di Savona


Quality & Quantity    
The numbers of Intimate Partner Violence and femicide in Italy: methodological issues in Italian research
Saveria Capecchi  - University of Bologna
© Springer Nature B.V. 2019 


Intimate Partner Violence · Femicide · Feminicide · Gender-based violence · Feminism


The article reviews the research conducted in Italy on the issue of gender-based violence and in particular on femicide, a phenomenon that has become increasingly important in the media agenda in the last decade. The research is mainly aimed at detecting the magnitude of the phenomenon from a quantitative point of view. In Italy, in line with other European countries, one in three women claims to have been the victim of physical and/or sexual violence, especially by current or ex-husbands and partners, in the course of her lifetime. In addition, a femicide occurs every 2/3 days. The paper highlights some methodological questions related to the construction of the research system, starting from pre-established aims. In particular, it focuses on the interpretative paradigms and definitions of “gender- based violence” and “femicide” used, which guide the choice of corpus and categories of research analysis, ranging from feminist and sociological approaches to citizens’ safety and a psycho-individualistic paradigm. These different approaches make it difficult to compare data at both national and international level.