Report: Shocking Stats On The Number Of Women Killed By Someone They Knew And Loved

Contributed by Shawna Mizelle

According to a report recently released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 87,000 women were killed globally in 2017. Among the women killed last year, 58% of them died at the hands of someone they knew – whether it was an intimate partner or family member.

According to ABC News when you break the statistics down, “That works out to 137 per day — nearly six every hour.”

The study says,

These findings show that even though men are the principal victims of homicide globally, women continue to bear the heaviest burden of lethal victimization as a result of gender stereotypes and inequality. Many of the victims of “femicide” are killed by their current and former partners, but they are also killed by fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and other family members because of their role and status as women. The death of those killed by intimate partners does not usually result from random or spontaneous acts, but rather from the culmination of prior gender-related violence. Jealousy and fear of abandonment are among the motives.”

The study also points out women have the greatest risk of being killed in Africa and the Americas.

The study ends with suggested solutions to combat gender based killings against women.

The study concludes, “Women need access to a comprehensive range of services provided by the police and justice system, health and social services, which need to be coordinated to be effective. Women also need access to specific measures that enable them to leave a violent relationship. Such measures have to take into account the fact that women are often economically dependent on their intimate partner, and are thus at risk of being deprived of their only source of economic support should their partner turn against them and be convicted or imprisoned. Specialized support services for women, which include shelter, protection orders, counselling and legal aid, have been shown to be effective in helping women to leave abusive relationships.”

If you are a victim of domestic violence you can seek out resources and talk to someone by calling The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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