According to the recently published Femicide Census report, a total of 113 women were killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016. Shockingly, 90% of these victims were murdered by someone they knew.
Domestic violence charity Women’s Aid describes femicide as “the murder of women because they are women”, however, under some definitions the term can mean any killing of women or girls.
According to the charity: “The term femicide was introduced to describe killings of women that were gender related in order to recognise the impact of inequality and discrimination, identified internationally as a root cause of violence against women.”
Femicide Census report findings
- 78 of the 113 women were murdered by their current or former partner
- 3/4 of all femicide’s took place in the woman’s own home
- 3/4 of those women killed by their ex-partner or ex-spouse were killed within the first year following their separation
Consequently, we can conclude that women are more likely to be murdered by someone they know than a stranger, and women are more likely to be murdered in their own home than anywhere else.
The Chief Execute of Women’s Aid said: “The Government must urgently put the prevention of femicide at the centre of its work to combat male violence against women and girls”.
If you are aware of anyone who is in need of support and assistance in dealing with a current or former partner, or anyone else from whom they are receiving unwanted attention or threats of violence, we would urge you to contact our family law department. Our specialist domestic abuse staff can provide you with advice and assistance. To speak to a member of the team call 0800 138 0458.
We also offer a 24 hour domestic abuse helpline: 0800 138 5536.
Click here to read the full report.