On Day 3 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, Women's Aid highlight the links between femicide and domsetic violence. Our Femicide Watch 2017 shows that a woman in Ireland is more likely to be killed in her own home and by a current or former boyfriend, partner or husband.
The report reveals that since the beginning of 1996, 216 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers. 137 women (63%) were killed in their own homes.
Of the 171 (79%) cases that have been resolved (through the courts or in cases of murder-suicide) 95 women (56%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner.
Domestic violence kills women. It kills children too. In 2016 we heard over 20,769 disclosures of abuse of women and children. Every day on the Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline we hear from women who live on a knife edge of fear and it would be wrong to underestimate the scale and impact of violence against women. Homicide is the ultimate act of domestic violence. Last year there were 646 disclosures where a man has told the woman he will kill her, children, a family members or himself. We noted 522 disclosures where a man had choked, smothered, beaten or threatened to beat his partner with a weapon.
Lethal violence is at the most severe end of the spectrum of violence against women. We know where women are killed. We know how women are killed and by whom. It is time to act. Femicide by an intimate partner must not be accepted as a fact of life. Women should be safe in their homes and in their relationships. And we must recognise the strong connection between the killing of women and domestic violence.
For anyone concerned about their safety or anxious about their relationship, please call the Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900. www.WomensAid.ie.