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Murdered women’s children: A social emergency and gloomy reality

  • PIETRO FERRARA1,2
  • FRANCESCA IANNIELLO1
  • LORENZO SEMERARO2
  • GIULIA FRANCESCHINI2
  • LUCIA LO SCALZO2
  • IDA GIARDINO3
  • GIOVANNI CORSELLO4

1Institute of Pediatrics, Catholic University Medical School, Rome, Italy

2 Service of Pediatrics, Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome, Italy

3 Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

4 Institute of Pediatrics, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

DOI: 10.22514/SV141.052018.12 Vol.14,Issue 1,March 2018 pp.71-74

Published: 27 March 2018

*Corresponding Author(s): PIETRO FERRARA E-mail: pietro.ferrara@unicatt.it

Abstract

Femicide, defined as the killing of females by males because they are females, is be-coming recognized worldwide as an im-portant ongoing manifestation of gender inequality. Actual or imminent separation, abuser’s access to firearms, prior threats with a weapon, prior threats to kill the victim, a stepchild in the household, prob-lematic alcohol and illicit drug use, as well as mental health problems, are associated with a substantially higher risk of femi-cide. Little is known about the number of orphaned children who have instantane-ously lost both parents. Sparse attention has been focused on children whose moth-er was murdered: these are difficult cases for child psychiatry teams. Decisions about protection could be made by judges, the police, social workers or officers that at-tend victims, on the basis of empirical data and not merely by using intuitive criteria.

Keywords

child, emergency, femicide

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PIETRO FERRARA,FRANCESCA IANNIELLO,LORENZO SEMERARO,GIULIA FRANCESCHINI,LUCIA LO SCALZO,IDA GIARDINO,GIOVANNI CORSELLO. Murdered women’s children: A social emergency and gloomy reality. Signa Vitae. 2018. 14(1);71-74.

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