Yesterday, Women’s Aid launched a new report ‘Femicide Watch 2017 (Republic of Ireland)’. The report outlines details of eight women who have died violently in the Republic of Ireland this year. Six women were killed in their own homes. This year has also seen 6 murder trials before the courts relating to the murder of women. The 2017 Report builds on the work of the Women’s Aid Femicide Monitoring Project which started in 1996. Since then, using newspaper records, the organisation has charted violent deaths where the victims are female. The Femicide Watch 2017 shows that women are more likely to be killed in their own homes and by someone known to them. In over half of all cases, women were killed by a man that they had a current or previous intimate relationship with. The 2017 report also shows that in cases of manslaughter, intimate partners are more likely to serve 3 years less in prison that other men who kill women.
Key Statistics from the Report
We launched the report at a seminar yesterday on the eve of the International Day Opposing Violence against Women (25th November). Speakers at the seminar addressed issued relating to the prosecution of domestic violence and domestic femicide cases, the links between domestic violence and intimate partner homicide including the danger time of separation, risk assessment and best practice for domestic homicide reviews and risk assessment in other jurisdictions. Full presentations will be made avaialble online shortly.
As a part of this project we encouraged people to remember lives lost and to stand in solidarity with women living with abuse by wearing a purple ribbon. People at the event and around the country wore the symbol and many others changed their profile picture to the purple ribbon as a mark of support.