The purpose of the present research is to analyze temporal tend, victim’s and perpetrator’s specific features and the role of risk factors of femicides assessed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Milan (in the North of Italy) from 2006 to 2020. The classical definition of femicide (the killing of a woman because of her gender) was used, in order to exclude murders of a woman because of economic issues, neighborhood quarrels, vengeance for previous discussions and other motives. Data were obtained from autopsies findings, local papers and victim relatives’ interviews. The analysis of 86 femicides occurred in the judicial district of the Cities of Milan and Monza from 2006 to 2020 were performed. The results show the temporal distribution of the phenomenon, the methods of murders, the mean age of the victims, victims and perpetrators’ relationship and nationality, risk factors. Although a reduction in the total number of femicides was observed, the percentage of femicides when compared to the total number of homicides was the same. Also, an increasing mean age of the victims over the period emerged. Moreover, the analysis of nationality of the victims and the perpetrators did not reflect foreign citizens distribution in Italy.

A retrospective study on femicides assessed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Milan : Are older women at risk? / G. Vignali, L. Franceschetti, I. Merzagora. - In: FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 0379-0738. - 325(2021), pp. 110890.1-110890.6. [10.1016/j.forsciint.2021.110890]

A retrospective study on femicides assessed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Milan : Are older women at risk?

G. Vignali
Primo
;
L. Franceschetti
Secondo
;
I. Merzagora
Ultimo
2021

Abstract

The purpose of the present research is to analyze temporal tend, victim’s and perpetrator’s specific features and the role of risk factors of femicides assessed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Milan (in the North of Italy) from 2006 to 2020. The classical definition of femicide (the killing of a woman because of her gender) was used, in order to exclude murders of a woman because of economic issues, neighborhood quarrels, vengeance for previous discussions and other motives. Data were obtained from autopsies findings, local papers and victim relatives’ interviews. The analysis of 86 femicides occurred in the judicial district of the Cities of Milan and Monza from 2006 to 2020 were performed. The results show the temporal distribution of the phenomenon, the methods of murders, the mean age of the victims, victims and perpetrators’ relationship and nationality, risk factors. Although a reduction in the total number of femicides was observed, the percentage of femicides when compared to the total number of homicides was the same. Also, an increasing mean age of the victims over the period emerged. Moreover, the analysis of nationality of the victims and the perpetrators did not reflect foreign citizens distribution in Italy.
Femicide; Italy; Intimate partner violence; Violence risk factors; Violence against women; Criminology
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