Nearly 1,800 turned to Milan women’s help lines in 2018

Under-age girls to over-70s call Milan's anti-violence helpline

Some 1,783 women of all ages turned to the anti-violence hotlines under contract to Milan city hall for help during 2018.

The majority of these (911) were aged between 30 and 49, but there were also 403 under 30 (including 46 minors) and another 46 aged over 70, reports Milan municipality.

A total of 1,336 women reported abuse by husbands, partners or exes.  But there were also reports of violence by other relatives (198) or acquaintances (146).

Many of the women showing up at the help centres or calling the hotlines reported physical violence (1,203) and/or psychological (1,245), sexual (322) or economic abuse (235).

Most of the women seeking help against domestic violence were employed, but there were also many out of work and over 100 students. Others were homemakers or in 78 cases even pensioners.

All of these women were given assistance on the phone or in person at the help centres, states Milan municipality. They were provided with health, legal and psychological or psychiatric support; in many cases the network of city social services accepted them for follow-up.

Presenting the annual report, councillor Pierfrancesco Majorino said that the city’s actions and initiatives are increasingly taking the form of practical assistance and protection for the victims. The city supports their autonomy and frees them from the extortion practiced by men, including the “invisible and powerful blackmail by the development model based on the patriarchy”.

”We’re trying to show Milan’s women and girls that they’re not alone,” Majorino added, “facing either physical or psychological violence.”

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