Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, First Section, 2 March 2017, Talpis v. Italy (Application No. 41237/14)

Italy condemned for violating the right to life and the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment, as well as the prohibition of discrimination (Articles 2, 3 and 14 of the ECHR) since it did not fulfill the duty of protecting from domestic violence. According to the European Court , the failure to adopt protective measures and the long period of inactivity on the part of the authorities before checking the criminal proceedings for aggravating injuries have deprived the denunciation of violence of any effect, integrating a violation of Articles 2 and 3 of the ECHR. As for the violation of Article 14, the Court stated that with their inaction the Italian authorities substantially condoned the violence, underestimating its gravity in light of the endemic context of discrimination against women.