|Mar. 8, 2018 -- ROME, March 8,2018-- Over 80 percent of Italian women believe gender violence has increased in the past two years, according to a report by the Institute for Political, Social and Economic Studies (EURISPES) out Wednesday.
In a report ahead of International Women's Day on March 8, the Rome-based think tank found that a majority of Italian females aged 18-65 think violence against them is on the rise, in spite of an anti-stalking law introduced in 2009.
At least 12.6 percent of respondents said they experienced stalking first-hand while 32.5 percent said they know a stalking victim, according to the report.
A majority of the stalkers were ex-boyfriends or husbands (34.3 percent), followed by acquaintances (17.1 percent), work colleagues (14.3 percent), relatives (11.4 percent), friends (10 percent), and current boyfriends or husbands (4.3 percent).
Director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development Liu Yongfu takes questions at a press conference on the "battle" of targeted poverty alleviation during the first session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Xin)