Day 4: One in every two women murdered in Ireland are killed by a partner or ex.

Posted on November 28, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Day 4

Of the 209 women murdered in Ireland since 1996, 86 women (55% of resolved cases) were killed by those closest to them - a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. That is 1 in every 2 women killed in Ireland by a current or former intimate partner where the case has been resolved. 11 children were murdered alongside their mother.  Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.

Threats to kills and attempts to kill are a common feature of domestic violence and leave many women living in a constant state of fear. The tragic reality is that some women pay the ultimate price of their lives.

Remembering Stolen Lives Women's AidResearch conducted in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK has found that killing by a partner is the form of homicide which most women are most at risk of.  Leaving or threats of leaving have been cited in many studies as the event that provokes a violent response surmising that the male partner is threatened by the loss of control and will stop at nothing to resume that control, including murder.

Homicide rates are higher for women who have separated than they are for women in intact relationships, with these fatalities tending to occur in the immediate aftermath of separation.

  • In the UK between 2001 and 2002, 46% of female homicide victims compared with 5% of male homicide victims were killed by a current or former partner. Over 2 women a week were killed by a former or current partner during this period. (Flood-Page et al, Crime in England and Wales 2001/2002: Supplementary Volume, Home Office, 2003)
  • 40 - 70% of women who are murdered worldwide are killed by their current or former husband or boyfriend. (World Report on Violence and Health, WHO, 2002).
  • In 2007, 45% of female homicide victims in the US were murdered by a male partner or ex-partner, compared to 5% of men. [Female Victims of Violence, Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings, September 2009, USDOJ]


During the 16 Days of Action campaign last year, Women's Aid ran our Remembering Stolen Lives campaign, click here to read more.

Women's Aid knows that we have helped to make thousands of women and their children safe from domestic violence. There is hope and women affected can lead safer, happier lives free of abuse. So, if you are afraid of someone close don't be afraid to call Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900, 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week. It is a good place to start to talk about what is happening to you.

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