Day 3: 209 women have been murdered in Ireland since 1996.

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Day 3

209 women murdered since 1996

Female homicide is the extreme end of the violence against women spectrum. To highlight this issue Women's Aid has been collating data on female homicide in Ireland since the beginning of 1996.

Our most recent data shows that 209 women have been died violently in the Republic of Ireland. That is an average of 12 women a year losing their lives in the most tragic and brutal circumstances. Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.  

13 children have been murdered alongside their mothers.

Our statistics relating to resolved cases, show that women are more likely to be killed in their own homes than any other location (62%), that they most likely know their killer (89%) and that in 99% of cases the perpetrator was male.

The risks for female homicide were summarised by Women Against Violence Europe as including:

  • Previous acts of violence against the partner and the children or other
  • members of the family
  • Separation and divorce are times of high risk
  • Severity and frequency of violent acts
  • Violence against former partners or other family members
  • Acts of violence outside the family
  • Possession of weapons, use of weapons
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Threats
  • Threats of murder/serious coercion
  • Threats of suicide, depression
  • Extreme jealousy and possessiveness
  • Extremely patriarchal concepts and attitudes
  • Persecution, psychological terror (stalking)
  • Danger for children
  • Non-compliance with restraining orders by courts or police
  • Risk assessment by the partner

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. 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.

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