Lower House passes bill against violence on women
'Femicide' law moves to Senate09 October, 19:05
The bill passed with 343 votes in favour and 20 abstentions from some members of the maverick 5-Star Movement (M5S), the Northern League, and the Left Ecology Freedom (Sel) party.
It must next be approved by the Senate by Monday before it can become law.
Members of Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic Party greeted the so-called 'femicide' degree with loud applause.
The 12-point decree sets harsher penalties for those found guilty of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.
The measure became effective on August 8 but needed to be formally ratified by Parliament.
The bill, which also offers greater victim protection including a shield for migrant women escaping violence, came as awareness is rising in Italy over high levels of violence against women.
More than 80 women have been killed in Italy so far this year, mostly by former husbands and boyfriends, according to an unofficial death toll kept by national media.
Many of the victims of violence had previously called police to report episodes of stalking or harassment by their ex-partners.