The high rate of domestic violence and femicide in Italy is a well-documented fact, and the expat community is not immune to this problem. An American professor has developed a play that looks at domestic violence among American women married to Italian men, striving to break the silence surrounding not only personal pain but this larger social issue. Eighteen percent of all pregnancies in Italy end in termination due to partner violence. This is just one of the statistics from the United Nations that reflects the severity of domestic violence in Italy. For Amy Sarno, statistics like these were the starting point for writing a play on the subject. As a professor of theatre arts at Beloit College in Wisconsin and a survivor of a violent relationship, Sarno volunteered for 10 years at a women’s shelter.