Sunday 17 December 2017

Over 200 women have died violently in Ireland in 20 years - the majority were killed by someone known to them

Report reveals most women killed by partner or man known to them

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A new report by a domestic violence charity reveals that 209 women have died in violent circumstances since 1996.

Figures from Women’s Aid, the organisation that works to stop domestic violence, shows that 87pc of women killed in Ireland over the past 20 years were killed by a partner or a man known to them.

The report also shows that 16 children were killed alongside their mothers.

Women’s Aid has produced a Femicide Watch report to coincide with the launch of their 16 days of Action Campaign, which aims to raise awareness about violence against women.

Last year there were 970 threats to kill women, children and family members disclosed to Women’s Aid.

The organisation has collated data about the number of women killed and how they were killed, over the past 20 years.

In 164 of the cases that have come before the courts, 89 of the killers were a current or former intimate partner of the victim.

A total of 63pc of the killings were carried out in the woman’s home.

It also shows that 54 women were killed by a male relative or a male acquaintance, while 21 were killed by a male stranger.

In many of the cases, the women were either stabbed or strangled.

A panel discussion on Friday morning with members of the media, An Garda Síochána, and experts in the field will provide different perspectives of the issues including representations of victims and perpetrators in the media, the links between domestic violence and Femicide, and the response of society to Femicide and domestic violence homicides.

The Women’s Aid 24-hour National Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. They can be contacted on 1800-341-900.

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