The psychopathological basis of violence against women
Men’s violence is the first unnatural cause of death of women in a large part of the world, including Europe, as shown by daily news. Killed women are just the tip of the iceberg of a phenomenon that includes a great number of brutal behaviours, such as physical aggression, segregation, sexual harassment, control of individual freedom, submission and real psychological and moral violence. A large part of violence against women occurs within the home, often leading to the tragic end of killing: a woman every three days in our Country. Half of these women are killed by their partner who, in some cases, does not spare their children’s life. How is it possible? How is it possible that the promise “to love and cherish you for the whole life” changes into what some have defined the women holocaust? The analysis of the conditions in which these unacceptable behaviours develop, the pathologies that affect the individual and often undermine the couple’s relationship since its beginning, is a first step to define effective educational and preventive strategies.