Most Dangerous Place for Women: Home

More than half of women killed worldwide in 2017 died at hands of intimate partner, family member
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2018 7:31 AM CST
Most Dangerous Place for Women: Home
More than half of the women killed in 2017 were killed by partners or family members.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Men make up the lion's share of homicide victims, but it's women who "pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination, and negative stereotypes." That's according to a new UN report out of its Office on Drugs and Crime, ABC News reports, and it contains some sobering stats. The key finding: Of the 87,000 women killed globally in 2017, 58% died at the hands of either a romantic partner or family member, which comes out to about 137 women per day, or six or so per hour. The report, which looked at homicide data worldwide through the lens of gender-related killings, was released in tandem with Sunday's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Women are most at risk of being killed by someone known to them in Africa, which claims a rate of about 3.1 victims per every 100,000 females, followed by the Americas, with a rate of 1.6. The risk is lowest for women in Europe, where the rate is 0.7. The study says that not enough has been done to both prevent and respond to such crimes, noting that there hasn't been "tangible progress" on this front even with programs and laws set up to combat violence against women. "Targeted criminal justice responses are needed to prevent and end gender-related killings," says UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. The study suggests improvements in health and social systems, getting police and the justice system to work together better, and educating men early on how they can help. (A chilling example involved an Ohio judge and his estranged wife.)

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