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Alessandra Ferrazzi Portalupi - Felicia Vilasi

Present and future of gender-based violence: at what point are we after the “Red Code”?

Some thoughts about the effective implementation of Law of 19 July 2019, no. 69

Issue 4/2020

Abstract. This paper aims to analyze the legislative and practical situation of domestic and based-gender violence, considering the legislative changes deriving from the “Red Code” (Law no. 69/2019), which came to force on the 9th of August 2019. In particular, we tried to define the phenomenon in its essential features, by evaluating its social and juridical impact and future prospects for reform.

SUMMARY: 1. Introduction. – 2. Domestic and gender-based violence: what are we talking about? – 3. Considerations on the reform. – 3.1. “Red Code”: dashed hopes. – 3.2. The importance of the specialization of the juridical treatment of the phenomenon (especially with regards to secondary victimization). – 3.3. Children, the “big absence” of the “Red Code”. – 4. Looking at other countries… – 4.1. The Spanish experience. – 4.2. The French experience. – 5. Conclusions.


To read the Reflection, click on “open file”.


For further information on the subject, in light of the Coronavirus emergency, see the reflection by F. Filice, Gender equality to the test of Covid 19, in this journal, March 15, 2020.


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