Femicide Census

The Femicide Census is a unique source of comprehensive information about women who have been killed in the UK and the men who have killed them.

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Men’s violence against women is a leading cause of the premature death for women globally but research in the UK and Europe is limited and unconnected.  The Femicide Census significantly improves upon currently available data by providing detailed comparable data about femicides in the UK since 2009, including demographic and social factors and the methods men selected to kill women.  By collating femicides, we can see that these killings are not isolated incidents, and many follow repeated patterns. Please help us fund this vital work.

Key findings from the femicide census 2021

At least 147 women were killed by 144 men in 2021

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78 (53%) women killed by men in 2021 were killed by a current or former intimate partner. The average between 2009 and the end of 2021 is 60%.
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35 (24%) women were aged 66 years and over. This is significantly higher than the average of 14% of women killed between 2009 and 2018.
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33 women (52% of those killed by intimate partner/former partner) were taking steps towards leaving or had left the relationship.

Latest news

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Just days before the General Election, we have released our report on UK femicides in 2021

Our report, on women killed by men in 2021 is released, just days before a general election. Since the Conservative government came to power in May 2010, the lives of at least 1,924 women have been cut short by men. That’s an average of one woman dead at the hands of a man every 2.7 days. It is vital that the incoming government understands that it is not good enough to leave femicide reform to grieving families and loved ones.