Monday 26 August 2019

Men likely to serve less time in prison for killing women they were intimately involved with, research finds

More than 100 prisoners have escaped from Ireland's open prisons since 2012. Stock photo
More than 100 prisoners have escaped from Ireland's open prisons since 2012. Stock photo
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Men who are convicted of the manslaughter of a partner are likely to serve almost three years less in prison than if they had not been intimately involved with the female victim, research has found.

Advocacy group Women's Aid has called for killing within an intimate relationship to considered an aggravating factor in the crime, as it launched its Femicide Watch 2017 report. 

It showed that on average, a man who killed an intimate or former intimate female partner received a 7.8-year jail term, while the average for killing a woman where there was no romantic connection was 10.6 years.

The group has called for the State to set up domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) into cases to learn from them in order to prevent them in the future. 

DHRs are utilised in other jurisdictions, such as Britain. 

Statistics published in the report showed 216 women had been killed since the Women's Aid femicide project was established in 1996.

Some 16 children have died alongside their mothers in that period. 

The report also dispelled the belief that women were at high risk from strangers, with 88pc of women killed in Ireland, killed by a man known the them. 

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