More than 50,000 women killed by intimate partners in 2017, new study finds
Monday, 08 July 2019
Although one in five homicides are committed by intimate partners, women make up over 60% of the victims. Credit: Unsplash
87,000 women worldwide were killed intentionally in 2017, and more than 50,000 were killed by intimate partners, a new study from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime found.
3,000 European women were killed by intimate partners in 2017, according to the Global Study on Homicide 2019. According to the Council of Francophone Women in Belgium (CFFB) 39 Belgian women were killed in 2017, and 36 were killed in 2018.
According to the report, 48,000 women were killed by intimate partners or family members in 2012, so the number of women who are killed by partners or family seems to be increasing.
82 women and girls are killed per day by “someone whom they would normally trust and expect to care for them,” the report says.
Many female victims are not only killed by partners, but by their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and other family members because of their status as women, the report says. Intimate partners often kill women out of jealousy or fear of abandonment.
Africa has the greatest risk of death by a partner for women, while Europe has the lowest.
The UN report also says that while one in five homicides worldwide are committed by a partner or family member, but women account for 64% of those deaths.