Italy passes law against violence on women
Some 100 'femicides' this year11 October, 13:32
Members of Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic Party said the so-called 'femicide' degree was "historic in scope".
The 12-point decree sets harsher penalties for those found guilty of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.
The measures became effective on August 8 but needed to be formally ratified by parliament. The Lower House OK'd the decree two days ago.
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.
Almost 100 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.